After weeks of speculation, former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has officially ended his coaching career.
According to reports, the 65-year-old, who was out of work since the Premiere League giants sacked him in May last year, recently turned down a lucrative offer from China following a family tragedy.
During his glittering career, which spans three decades, Van Gaal won league titles in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany before guiding a youthful Ajax side to Champions League glory and underdogs AZ Alkmaar to the Dutch title.
He also exceeded expectations during his second stint as national team coach, leading the likes of Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder to an impressive third place finish at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Despite winning the FA Cup last year — United’s first major silverware since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson — the man nicknamed the “Iron Tulip” was sacked as the season drew to a close.
He then said he was contemplating taking another manager’s job before finding himself in the midst of a family drama after the husband of one of his daughters unexpectedly passed away.
Asked whether he had fulfilled all his dreams, the man often known for his blunt answers during press conferences said he had achieved everything during his lifetime.
Louis Van Gaal has retired from football management, it didn’t go to plan here at OT. But he did bring us some silverware. Enjoy retirement! pic.twitter.com/Cit3eYW6u7— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) January 16, 2017