Louis van Gaal’s time as manager of Manchester United might be drawing to a close but there’s every chance he’ll take on another job in football yet.
Netherlands boss Danny Blind, father of United star Daley and Van Gaal’s former national number two, has revealed that there could be an opening as technical director of the Dutch team, a role for which Van Gaal would be considered.
Blind on technical director job
As per Sky Sports, Blind told how he had been made aware that there might be a technical director role introduced to the Netherlands fold and, although nothing official has been confirmed, he believes Van Gaal would suit it.
"With Van Gaal I could achieve a lot," Blind told Dutch sources.
"He is in the top category. But there are also many other options to think of where the shoe could fit.
"I do not know if that will happen. I recently read a comment by Bert van Oostveen [KNVB director of professional football] about [appointing a technical director]. But I have not spoken to him about it personally.
"The key question is: what are the pillars of the work of a technical director? I have been one myself a couple of times in my career and basically it comes down to a buying and selling policy but that is at a club, not at the KNVB.
"It comes to the flow of youth players. You have to offer an exciting job and it must be someone with respect. It's difficult."
The job in question
To implement such a strategy may be the KNVB’s way of making a change after the disappointment of failing to qualify for Euro 2016 - the last time they enjoyed a fruitful period was at the 2014 World Cup when Van Gaal was the manager.
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Of course, from Van Gaal’s point of view, a return to his old haunt might be welcomed given that the atmosphere at United is rapidly turning sour.
LVG moving on
The Red Devils are now without a win in eight matches in all competitions, have already been knocked out of the Champions League and had lost three Premier League fixtures on the bounce before yesterday’s draw with Chelsea.
Van Gaal has previously stated that United would be his last post in football - he’s now 64, after all - but given how things are faring it might just be that he needs one last job before he can sail into the sunset with a satisfactory smile on his face.
United fans, would you be upset if Van Gaal left Old Trafford to return to Holland? Let us know in the comments box below.