Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal may retire from managing at the end of the season due to the stress and pressure the Dutchman is under, according to claims in the Daily Mirror today made by friends close to Van Gaal.
The Iron Tulip as he is known, has 18 months remaining on his current deal at Old Trafford, but sees his side languishing in 5th place in the Premier League, 7 points from the top.
However, the newspaper claims that Van Gaals family are increasingly concerned about the 64 year olds health, and the heavy toll the job is having on him.
The suggestion of Van Gaal quitting is not a new one. The Dutchman himself has suggested that he is the type of person to walk away if it is for the best. This was said whilst Manchester United were enduring their 8 game streak without a victory. Since then, Uniteds fortunes have improved slightly, with the club unbeaten in 5 and Wayne Rooney back in form, scoring 5 goals in 4 games.
If Van Gaal does quit and the end of the season, Jose Mourinho is the current favourite to get the job, but Ryan Giggs has been mooted as a potential candidate to take the hot seat at Old Trafford.