Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has announced that he will retire from management following a 30-year career in coaching.
Football-oranje.com claims that family reasons have played a part in the decision for Van Gaal, whose daughter recently lost her husband.
The 65-year-old made the announcement after picking up a lifetime achievement award from the Dutch government this week.
It is understood that he snubbed an offer to manage in the lucrative Chinese Super League.
Van Gaal is quoted as saying:
“I said then that I would stop, that I later changed into a sabbatical but now I do not think I will return to coaching. So much has happened in my family, you become a human being again with your nose pressed to the facts.”
During his lengthy career, Van Gaal has coached Ajax and Bayern Munich, as well as AZ, Barcelona and the Netherlands national team twice.
The Dutchman’s final job in management was at United, where he won the FA Cup across two seasons, but was sacked last summer following failed Premier League title bids.
Van Gaal ends his career with a bulging trophy cabinet, having earned 20 trophies, including three Eredivisie titles with Ajax, two La Liga crowns with Barcelona and the Bundesliga with Bayern.
The football coach also won the Champions League, guiding Ajax to the coveted trophy in the 1994-95 campaign.
After Van Gaal made the announcement, fans took to Twitter to pay tribute, while a small few poked fun at his failed stint at United.
Sad day for football
Luis van gaal announces retirement
Thanks godfather job well done pic.twitter.com/sdpJWvIK9w
— Lukavic jr (@Lukmanjr19) January 17, 2017
Louis Van Gaal was an amazing coach and a funny person. Sad to see him retire, true great.
— . (@markabochi) January 17, 2017
16th January 2017: Louis van Gaal announces his retirement
17th January 2017: Vine shuts down
Not a coincidence, I think!
— Richard Savill (@RichSavill) January 17, 2017
— Dan Withey (@randomdan123) January 17, 2017
— Nirene Guigá (@NireneGuiga) January 17, 2017
Thank you Luis Van Gaal :'(
— Rayan Talhouk (@el_yanoo) January 17, 2017
Thank you Louis van Gaal for the FA Cup, Martial, Rashford & Blind. Well, Depay too. Enjoy your retirement. #mufc!
— FarooQ (@NeoFarooQ) January 17, 2017
— Akshay (@akshayd_mufc) January 17, 2017
Best van gaal memory: Man Utd U21s 3-2 Arsenal
— Joseph S (@itsjosephguise) January 17, 2017
Happy retirement Louis van Gaal. Great manager but your philosophy didn't suit Man Utd. Thank you nevertheless
— Ameer Fiqri Ilias (@ameerfiqri_) January 17, 2017