Louis van Gaal is now the Dutch national coach. The TelegraphOn Wednesday night, Van Gaal and KNVB reached an agreement about an 18-month contract. Frank de Boer, a 69-year old trainer, resigned following the disappointing European Championship. Van Gaal will lead the Orange team to next year’s World Cup Qatar.
According to the newspaper’s sources, Danny Blind, Frans Holek and Henk Foerster will all be part of the technical team as assistants. Van Gaal will still live in Portugal, purely for tax reasons. Van Gaal will manage the Dutch national team for the third consecutive time.
He described his first period as the’most disappointing of his coaching career’. His leadership saw the Netherlands fail to qualify for the 2002 World Cups in Japan and South Korea. He resigned at the end of 2001, after which he successively worked as a trainer of Barcelona, AZ and Bayern Munich.
Van Gaal, Bert van Marwijk’s successor, returned to the KNVB in 2012 as Van Gaal. His second time with the Dutch national team proved to be much more successful. He led the Orange team to the 2014 World Cup, Brazil. They finished third behind the host country. Van Gaal became manager of Manchester United after the world final tournament. The Dutch trainer was fired by the English top club in 2016. Van Gaal has been retired as a trainer since then.
Van Gaal will be back on the sidelines in September when Van Gaal plays against Norway in Oslo’s World Cup qualifier. The match against Montenegro at the Philips Stadium will be held three days later. On Tuesday 7 September, the next international match will conclude with a qualifier against Turkey at the Johan Cruijff ArenA. With one point less than Turkey, the Dutch team is now in second place of Group G after three games.