According to De Telegraaf, Louis Van Gaal has agreed to become the new Netherlands manager to replace Frank De Boer. He will occupy this post for the third time in his career.
The Netherlands have their new coach. According to the daily De Telegraaf, Louis Van Gaal has agreed to the Dutch Federation (KNVB) to succeed Frank De Boer, dismissed from his post after the elimination of Oranje in the round of 16 of the Euro against the Czech Republic (2-0).
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Van Gaal knows the position well, having already held it twice between 2000 and 2001 and then between 2012 and 2014 with in particular a third place at the 2014 World Cup.
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Without a club since leaving Manchester United in 2016, he announced his retirement in 2019 from Portugal, where he lives. He will eventually come out but would have obtained, according to De Telegraaf, permission to stay in southern Europe for “fiscal reasons”.
For his new mission, he will be surrounded by several assistants including Danny Blind, Frans Hoek and Henk Fraser. The latter will combine his new functions with his post as coach of Sparta Rotterdam. The idea of the Federation would be to make him the successor of Van Gaal on the Oranje bench after the 2022 World Cup.
Qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar will also be the first mission of Van Gaal and his staff. After three days, the Dutch are second in their group, one length behind Turkey, against whom they lost in the opening (4-2), but with the same number of points as Montenegro and Norway (6). Memphis Depay’s teammates will travel to Norway on September 1 for the first match of Van Gaal’s new adventure. With the ban on losing.