Louis van Gaal is the leading candidate to replace Frank de Boer in charge of the Dutch national team, according to a report from the Dutch outlet AD.
De Boer originally took control in September 2020 after Ronald Koeman’s departure for Barcelona. In the lead up to Euro 2020, he had managed 11 games, won five, drawn four and lost two.
The Orange got off to a bright start in the tournament. They defeated Ukraine 3-2 in their opening and followed this up with resounding victories against Austria and northern Macedonia, making them the top scorers in the group stage.
However, they suffered a shock early exit in the hands of the Czech Republic and lost 2-0 thanks to goals from Tomas Holes and Patrik Schick. Two days later, it was announced that De Boer had left his position as manager.
The search for a replacement has begun AD reports that Louis van Gaal is the favorite to return to his former job.
The 69-year-old is one of the most decorated leaders ever. He has a total of 20 trophies to his name, including seven league titles and one Champions League with Ajax in 1995.
He has twice been responsible for the Dutch national team. His first period came from 2000 to 2002, when he did not qualify for the World Cup.
His second spell was far more successful and reached the semifinals in 2014 world championship before they were eliminated by Argentina on penalties. This race included an emphatic 5-1 victory over Spain that had come into play at the back of three successive tournament victories from 2008 to 2012.
After the World Cup, he led Manchester United for two seasons, sharing opinions. He guided the team to an FA Cup triumph in 2016, but was often criticized for playing negative football.
He has been out of work ever since and announced his retirement back in 2019. Whether he will retire for a third occupation in charge of his country remains to be seen.
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