Sunday 22 April 2018

Man United boss Louis van Gaal rejects offer to become technical director with the Dutch FA

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reportedly rejected an offer from the Dutch FA (KNVB) to become their Technical Director this summer.

Van Gaal has been heavily linked with the role in recent months, as speculation over his future as United manager has continued to mount.

Yet this latest twist in the plot line may provide further evidence that the United manager has been given assurances that he will be allowed to remain in charge at the club for a third season.

Van Gaal remains a hugely respected figure within the Dutch FA after his success in guiding the Netherlands national team to the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, yet reports now suggest the 64-year-old has ruled himself out of that position as he intends to remain in charge at Old Trafford for the third and final year of his contract.

Dutch national team boss Danny Blind has spoken out in favour of Van Gaal being appointed as KNVB Technical Director, as he looks to rebuild a team that failed to qualify for Euro 2016.

“With Van Gaal I could achieve a lot,” Blind told Algemeen Dagblad. “He is in the top category. But there are also many other options to think of where the shoe could fit.

“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.”

The suggestion that Van Gaal has turned down the chance to return to the Dutch FA will strengthen the suspicion that he believes he is safe at Old Trafford heading into the final season of his contract.

Jose Mourinho continues to be heavily linked with a move to United, yet comments from legnedary United boss and influential director Alex Ferguson last week suggested that the club are determined to support Van Gaal as he looks to win over supporters who lost faith in his methods long ago.

A top four finish and FA Cup success may be required for Van Gaal to remain in his post at United, with his assistant Ryan Giggs still believed to be the favoured choice of many Old Trafford decision makers to succeed him.

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