Louis van Gaal to retire from coaching, Twitter reacts

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.

 


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