Louis Van Gaal has given his reasons for why he has decided not to return to management.

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Van Gaal was receiving his lifetime achievement award on Monday and then confirmed his intentions to retire from coaching.

He is quoted by NOS as saying, ”A lot has happened within my family which you could read about in the media. My son in law has passed away and my youngest sister has also passed away both in a short space of time.

”These are things in life that are much more important than any trophy or award that you win. But it’s part of life and you must continue. I try to give support to my daughter and brother in law and that is the reason that I am currently in the Netherlands. Because normally I am not in the country.

”I planned to retire after the World Cup in 2014 but then the chance arrived to manage Manchester United and I had not yet managed in England but I had managed in Spain and Germany. England in the mother land of football and I wanted to experience that.

”I have done everything I set out to do in my career and twice I have been the national team manager of the Netherlands the first time was a drama the 2nd stint was amazing. I have also managed some of the biggest clubs in Europe and I believe that is enough.

”I also did not just say for the sake of it that I wanted a sabbatical but I honestly believe that I will not return to football management.”

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