Louis van Gaal has confirmed that he is unlikely to accept another head coach role in football.

  • By Michael Bell
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The 65-year-old was sacked by Manchester United at the end of the season and has been out of work since, despite reported offers from China.

On Monday, van Gaal received a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to football from the Dutch government and afterwards confirmed that he is unlikely to accept another coaching role after leaving Manchester United.

Van Gaal said, “I said then that I would stop, that I later changed into a sabbatical but now I do not think I will return to coaching.”

He cited family issues for his decision, with Van Gaal’s daughter recently losing her husband, “So much has happened in my family, you become a human being again with your nose pressed to the facts.”

Van Gaal now ends a glittering managerial career which saw him coach Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AZ Alkmaar, the Dutch national team and finally Manchester United. He guided Ajax to the Champions League as well as the Eredivisie title on three occasions, while tasting league success with Barcelona, AZ and Bayern Munich. Recently he guided Netherlands to third place at the World Cup and lifted the FA Cup with Manchester United last season.

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