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Louis van Gaal on AC Milan shortlist

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Louis van Gaal's long and illustrious career may not have ended with being sacked by Manchester United after all. 

The 64-year-old originally intended for the Old Trafford job to be his last, but after he was unceremoniously ousted in favour of Jose Mourinho, the door may have opened for him to return to management. 

Well-known Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport report that the Dutchman is on AC Milan's shortlist to take over at the San Siro. 

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Arduous task 

It appears Milan are interested in appointing a non-Italian coach, with out-of-work Frank de Boer and former Spurs and Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas also on the shortlist. 

Whoever takes over will have a monumental task on their hands, which would make van Gaal an unusual choice, as Milan is a long-term project. 

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Restoring them to the top of Serie A will take some doing, with Juventus having dominated the Scudetto for five years.

Nonetheless, he certainly wouldn't be fazed by the prospect of taking over at such a historic club, having led Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and United in the past. 

Confusion reigns 

To complicate matters, though, the confusion reigning over Milan is making it difficult for them to appoint anyone. 

Silvio Berlusconi has been in talks with a Chinese consortium over the sale of the club, but it is still unclear who has responsibility for appointing a new manager. 

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The same source reports that former Manchester City and Real Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini wasn't favoured by the Chinese consortium, so he is no longer in the race. 

Van Gaal would certainly be an interesting choice, and his defensive philosophy would perhaps be more welcomed in Italy than it was in the Premier League. 

The Dutchman may relish the chance to restore his reputation, so it would certainly be exciting to see how he fared if he did take the Milan job. 

Should AC Milan appoint Louis van Gaal? Have your say in the comments. 

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