Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has announced his intention to retire from football because of ‘family reasons’.
The 65-year-old was sacked at Old Trafford in May, two days after winning the FA Cup with the Red Devils.
The Dutchman initially suggested that he would like to continue in management and he’s received lucrative offers from the far-east in the last six months.
However, Van Gaal has now announced that he is set to retire from the game after his daughter’s husband passed away.
‘I think I’ll retire. I actually wanted to quit after World Cup,’ said Van Gaal.
‘After Manchester United, I thought I would stop, but then I later changed it to a smart sabbatical – but now I do not think I will return to coaching.’
Should Van Gaal retire, he’ll depart the game as one of the most successful managers in European history.
The Dutchman’s Ajax side of the mid-1990s lifted the Champions League in 1995 with players mainly from the club’s academy.
Van Gaal won eight honours before leaving Ajax for the first of two stints with Barcelona.
During the first spell, the Dutchman won La Liga on two occasions but he failed to replicate that success in the second spell.
Van Gaal miraculously guided AZ Alkmaar to the Dutch league title in 2009 and won three trophies during two years with Bayern Munich.
Despite his difficulties at Old Trafford, Van Gaal left after two seasons at the Theatre of Dreams with an FA Cup win to his name after a 2-1 win at Wembley against Crystal Palace.