THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Dec 18 – Firebrand football manager Louis van Gaal says he is “most likely done as a coach” but would step back into the ring for one exception: a chance to get back at Manchester United.
“I most likely won’t coach any club again,” Van Gaal, nicknamed the “Iron Tulip”, told popular daily tabloid De Telegraaf.
“But if I do, it has to be a large English club, because I have unfinished business with Manchester United.”
The Red Devils unceremoniously sacked Van Gaal last year after an uninspiring stint at Old Trafford despite winning the FA Cup — United’s first major silverware since the retirement of legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
De Telegraaf said Van Gaal in particular expressed “rancour” at United’s top boss Ed Woodward.
This despite the fact that, the paper pointed out, that Woodward allowed Van Gaal “to spend 350 million euros to handpick his team, as well as a paying him a handsome salary and release fee”.
Dutch media reports said earlier this year that Van Gaal had received several lucrative offers after leaving United, including a three-year, multi-million-euro contract in the Far East, most likely China.
Flamboyant and outspoken, Van Gaal said in mid-January that he was quitting, but changed his tune just two days later, saying instead that he was taking a year-long sabbatical.
“Then I will decide. It depends also on the offers I get,” Van Gaal said at the time.