Former Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has announced his retirement from football coaching.
The 67-year-old tactician last managed Premier League side Manchester United and won FA Cup title for the club in 2016.
Under his reign, the Red Devils also finished fourth on the English topflight table and qualify them for Champions League.
Van Gaal was said to have been approached with a chance to take over at Feyenoord next season, but the Dutchman opted to hang up his tracksuit.
He told Dutch TV show VTBL: “I am a pensioner now. I have no ambition to be a technical director or a TV pundit. My wife Truus gave up her job for me 22 years ago, and followed me when I went abroad.
“I told her I would quit as a coach when I turned 55, but instead kept going until I was 65. “She is entitled to have a life with me outside of football. I can say she is very happy.
“I think I could have worked as a technical director. “But in this role you can’t attend training or say anything for fear it won’t suit the coach, directors or media. I don’t think I want a job like that.”
Van Gaal managed the Netherlands national team twice and won bronze medal for them at the 2014 FIFA World Cup staged in Brazil.
The gaffer also led Ajax to Champions League triumph in 1995 and has won several other domestic titles in his career.
He had managed Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich before replacing David Moyes at United in 2014.
A number of fans from his former clubs were keen to wish Van Gaal all the best in retirement.
A Manchester United supporter wrote: “Happy retirement to Louis van Gaal. It didn’t work with us but loved him. Can’t say the same about Moyes or Mourinho.“
While a Bayern Munich follower tweeted: “The man who made Bayern a top team again. Thank you Louis van Gaal.”
And another Red Devil commented: “Nothing but respect for Van Gaal.’
Continentour.com.ng earlier reported that Dutch manager Louis van Gaal has cautioned La Liga giants Barcelona against re-signing Brazilian superstar Neymar.
Daily Mail citing La Porteria de Beteve and FourFourTwo claims the former Man United and Barcelona boss maintained he was only airing his personal opinion.
He further stressed that re-signing the Paris Saint Germain star would be counterproductive after joining the French club in the summer of 2017.
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