Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal announces retirement from management

Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has announced his retirement from management.

The Dutchman, 67, has enjoyed an illustrious career in coaching – having been in charge of some of Europe’s top clubs including Ajax, Bayern Munich, Barcelona (twice) and most recently Manchester United.

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Van Gaal has announced his retirement from management

He also coached the the Dutch national team twice and famously led them to a third-place finish at the 2014 World Cup.

After managing for almost 30 years, Van Gaal has now decided to call time on his coaching career.

Speaking to Dutch TV show VTBL, he said: “I am a pensioner now. I have no ambition to be a technical director or a TV pundit.

“My wife Truus gave up her job for me 22 years ago, and followed me when I went abroad.

“I told her I would quit as a coach when I turned 55, but instead kept going until I was 65.

“She is entitled to have a life with me outside of football. I can say she is very happy.

“I think I could have worked as a technical director.

“But in this role you can’t attend training or say anything for fear it won’t suit the coach, directors or media. I don’t think I want a job like that.”

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Van Gaal won the Champions League with Ajax

Van Gaal’s last management post came with the Red Devils – where he spent two seasons in charge at Old Trafford.

He led United to fourth-place and fifth-place finishes respectively during his two-year tenure.

However, just two days after guiding United to FA Cup glory in 2016 he was dismissed and eventually replaced by Jose Mourinho.

Van Gaal had a hugely decorated management career, winning titles in Holland, Spain and Germany, as well as guiding Ajax to Champions League glory in 1995.

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