Former Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Louis Van Gaal will replace Frank de Boer as manager of the Netherlands national football team.
The 69-year-old will lead his nation into the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign after Frank de Boer’s side imploded in the last-16 of Euro 2020 against Czech Republic which was followed by de Boer’s resignation.
According to De Telegraaf, The Royal Dutch Football Federation and Van Gaal, “have just reached an agreement that will see the new national coach set off on his third stint.”
It added: Following a spell as a “temporary pensioner in Portugal, he inevitably has pushed back his retirement again.”
A disappointing first spell in charge of Holland culminated in failure to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. Van Gaal’s star-studded Dutch outfit famously lost 1-0 to Ireland in Lansdowne Road in a crunch qualifier as a Jason McAteer goal and an inspirational Roy Keane gave Irish supporters one of their most memorable victories.
However, Van Gaal’s second spell in charge of the Dutch was much more successful as they finished third at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
This was followed up by his last job in management at Manchester United where the European Cup winning coach was sacked days after he led United to FA Cup glory in 2016 with a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace.