Van Gaal ends coaching career

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.
Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. NIGEL RODDIS

FOOTBALL: Former Manchester United and Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has called time on his coaching career.

The 65-year-old, who has been out of work since being sacked by United in May, cited family issues for his decision, telling Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf he was partly motivated to make his decision because of the sudden death of his son-in-law last month.

"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,” Van Gaal said.

"So much has happened in my family, you become a human being again with your nose pressed to the facts.”

In a 26-year coaching career van Gaal also had spells in charge of Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ.

He was this week awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Dutch government for his contribution to football.

The Dutchman also revealed he turned down lucrative offers to continue his coaching career in the Far East.

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