Following an illustrious career, the former Manchester Uniter & Netherland coach Louis Van Gaal has announced his retirement from professional coaching, citing family reasons.
BBC Sport published on Tuesday evening that former Manchester United and Netherlands manager decided to end his 26-year career.
“I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching”, the Dutch-born said.
“So much has happened in my family, you become a human being again with your nose pressed to the facts, he expressed.
Van Gaal was referring to the loss of his son-in-law, who died recently.
After a relatively successful playing career, Van Gaal made his professional debut as a coach when he became Ajax Amsterdam manager in 1992 following six years on the sidelines in the Eredivisie.
He won major trophies with Ajax between 1994 and 1996 and – even more stupendously – triumphed in the Champions League during that period of phenomenal success.
The Dutch man took charges at Barcelona in 1997, where he won the La Liga title, Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Super Cup. He later made a return to Ajax for a short stint as technical director, before spending four year in charge of Dutch club AZ.
He then lend a coaching job as Bayern Munich couch, as he took the German-side to the Champions League final in his first year in charge, and furthermore recorded a domestic double in Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal. However, things fell apart in 2011 when he got fired towards the end of the season.
Despite his failure as Netherlands manager in 2000, the 65-year-old experience was handed his second spell managerial position, as he led the Oranje to the 2014 World Cup semi-finals.
Following his great leadership with the nation team, Manchester United offered his service, but only spent two year of his five year contract, as he faced major criticism from the Red Devils’ loyal supports for his poor tactics. Despite winning the FA Cup in May 2016, Van Gaal got a boot from Old Trafford and was replaced by Jose Mourinho.