Under fire Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has turned down an offer from the Dutch FA to become the director of football for the Dutch national side, according to reports from England.
The Dutchman has been highly criticised throughout his second season at Manchester United, and many of the club’s fans have been calling for his resignation for quite some time now. However, the club has remained silent over the issue, not speaking on whether or not they want to continue with the Dutchman next season.
Van Gaal meanwhile, has maintained that he has the support of the bosses at Manchester United, and will continue to coach the side as long as the club and he himself deems it fit.
A report in the Manchester Evening News says that the Dutch FA had created the position of Director of Football for Van Gaal to help the Netherlands national side out of their current impasse. However, Van Gaal is said to have turned the offer down.
Van Gaal had led the Netherlands side to the famous bronze medal at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, before taking over as the manager of Manchester United. Since then however, fortune has not favoured the Oranje.
Since then, the Netherlands have had a horrendous Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, first under Guus Hiddink and then under Danny Blind. The have failed to qualify for the summer event that is set to be held in France later this year.
To fire or not to fire?
The Old Trafford faithful are clearly not happy with Van Gaal’s brand of football, and have been urging Manchester United to “Attack! Attack! Attack!”
However, the Red Devils are just one point away from the top four spots, and Van Gaal will be able to silence the crowd, if his side beats Manchester City to Champions League qualification this season.
Reports from Netherlands meanwhile, have suggested that the board are thinking about letting Van Gaal complete his three year contract (which runs out in 2017). They are apparently even considering handing him a massive budget for the summer transfer window, that is said to be in excess of £80 million.