Louis van Gaal’s route back into football revealed
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Retired Van Gaal
The name of Louis van Gaal has been rather dormant of late.
Since leaving Manchester United in 2016, after winning the FA Cup, the former Netherlands boss officially retired in 2019.
Speaking at the time he explained that the role of a technical director would not be for him.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
However, everything could be about to change.
According to Belgian media, Van Gaal is being lined up as a candidate to take over as technical director at Royal Antwerp.
The Belgian side performed well in the early season Europa League group stages, beating Tottenham Hotspurs.
However, current director Louis D’Onofrio is said to be under significant pressure.
Royal Antwerp hoping to appoint Van Gaal https://t.co/JhMuhr7A5y
— Dutch Football (@FootballOranje_) April 14, 2021
Antwerp are 2nd in the Belgian first division but a significant 16 points behind Club Brugge with 3rd placed Genk and 4th placed Anderlecht just 1 and 2 points behind respectively.
With possible plans to merge the Belgian league and the Dutch Eredivisie, the arrival of Van Gaal could prove pivotal in the club’s transition into much more competitive territory.