Louis van Gaal has hinted he is close to making a return to the dugout and has said that he has received an offer that he ‘cannot refuse’.
The Dutchman has managed at some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and of course most recently at Manchester United, as well as taking charge of the Dutch National team at the 2014 World Cup.
Having guided the Netherlands to the semi-finals, Manchester United fans were hopeful that the Iron Tulip could bring back to glory after the miserable season that they endured under David Moyes.
Their hopes however were soon dashed as former Champions League winning coach transformed United into a boring possession based side with little attacking intent.
Despite saying at the time that Manchester United would be his last football managerial role, he has more recently hinted that he would be willing to return to the dugout, especially to get revenge on the Red Devils with whom he still is clearly bitter about his departure in 2015.
Now, he has told Ziggo Sport that he could be about to finally return:
“I have now received an offer that I actually cannot refuse. More than this I do not say.
“I am not at work in July or August, I will definitely retire.”
While he obviously doesn’t mention a specific club, there seems like there will be a few managerial vacancies becoming available in the Premier League this summer.
Arsene Wenger has already announced his resignation from Arsenal, while Antonio Conte is expected to get the boot at Chelsea after a disappointing campaign. However despite both clubs being ready to appoint a new manager – we highly doubt that the outspoken Dutchman is in the frame, and neither do the bookies. LVG is 50/1 to take over at Stamford Bridge, although he has shortened to 16/1 to arrive at the Emirates.
However, odds on him replacing Sam Allardyce at Everton have dropped in recent days due to the imminent arrival of Marcel Brands from PSV Eindhoven. Van Gaal worked with Brands at AZ Alkmaar, where he guided the Dutch side to the 2009 Eredivisie title.
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