Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal has hinted that he may retire from his managerial career at the end of the World Cup after growing tired. The former Bayern Munich coach has been managing teams for a long time, but he says that the last two years has especially been difficult. As a result, he may decide to call upon time on his career, which has seen him be celebrated as one of the best in the world. He is regarded as the mentor of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who has high regard for him.
It was rumoured a few months ago that van Gaal was going to come to the Premier league in order to take upon the vacant managerial job at Tottenham. The 62-year-old failed to comment on the speculation back then, but he has now revealed that the London outfit came calling for him. However, he could not take up the offer since he had already committed with the Dutch national team until the World Cup. He has managed to complete the transitional period for the team after they struggled heavily at the Euro 2012.
This was despite reaching the final of the World Cup 2010. The Dutch are in a difficult group for the upcoming World Cup.
“I’m sick and tired of being the coach after two years. I’ll miss the eight times I can work with players, but I’ll have more time for others. Am I in contact with Tottenham Hotspur? Not currently. Basically, I will retire, unless a very great challenge comes along. If they are fit, yes. So 13 spots are open. Is Sneijder fit? He has another three months,” said Louis van Gaal about his future, interest from Tottenham, and Wesley Sneijder featuring for the national team at the World Cup.
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Louis van Gaal is one of the highly rated managers in the world. He is currently the manager of the Dutch national team, but he has now revealed that there was a chance he could have come to the Premier league with Tottenham being heavily interested in his services. The Premier league outfit recently sacked Andre Villas-Boas due to a poor run of form since the start of the campaign. Immediately, there were several rumours that the club were interested in bringing van Gaal, who has the experience of managing big clubs like Bayern Munich, to White Hart Lane.
In the end, they appointed Tim Sherwood as their manager. The 62-year-old has now revealed that it is no secret that Tottenham approached him, but he had no interest in taking over the job as he was already committed to the Dutch national team. He has revealed that his sole objective right now is to do well at the World Cup 2014. Netherlands have been given a tough group at the World Cup since they will be playing along with Spain, Australia, and Chile.
There is pressure on van Gaal to do well after the national team lost all their group matches and were knocked out in 2010 edition.
“Everybody knows it so I can admit it. I don’t do things in a double function (holding two jobs at the same time). You have to give an example to your players that they have to focus on the national team and that is my ambition also. I have refused (the Tottenham job) but maybe there will come another chance. That is the difficulty with coaching. When you are free, then maybe there are no vacancies,” said van Gaal, who became the national team manager in 2012 after his spell with Bayern Munich came to an end in 2011.
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