Louis van Gaal has signaled his intentions to retire from football management after confirming that he is unlikely to take up another job in the future.
The legendary Dutch manager has managed some giants of club football like Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, as well as the Dutch national team, managing each of his teams to varying levels of success.
He had been out of work since leaving Manchester United at the end of the 2015/16 season, and even though he was linked with PSG last month, he has indicated to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that the Old Trafford job is set to be his last.
Van Gaal said: “I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching. So much has happened in my family, you become a human being again with your nose pressed to the facts.”
The football world took to twitter to pay homage to the Iron Tulip, who will be remembered for developing some of the best footballers in recent years.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 16, 2017
Louis van Gaal: 20 major honours in a 25-year managerial career! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/qGpICTpPEs
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) January 16, 2017
— ManUtdGoals (@ManUtdGoaIs) January 16, 2017
Louis Van Gaal has retired from football management, it didn’t go to plan here at OT. But he did bring us some silverware. Enjoy retirement! pic.twitter.com/Cit3eYW6u7
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) January 16, 2017
Louis Van Gaal gave us:
— Billy Meredith (@UrmstonLordMUFC) January 16, 2017
Louis van Gaal: Titles in 4 countries, domestic cups in 4 countries, Euro honours at Ajax, a great promoter of youth. A terrific career.
— Alex Richards (@AA_Richards) January 16, 2017
So Loius Van Gaal retired today. One of the greatest coaches ever in the history of life. Wenger doesn’t come close to him
— O O (@otoiks) January 16, 2017
— Soph McCarthy (@SophMcCarthy91) January 16, 2017
Louis van Gaal’s final act as a head coach. pic.twitter.com/noNAXqQXdt
— IG:- Olomi__ (@MUFC_Family01) January 16, 2017
Shame about Van Gaal, without his stint at Utd he’d be remembered as a class manager
— Alle (@IocateIIi) January 17, 2017
Wish Louis Van Gaal all the best in his retirement. One of the best managers of his era and a fantastic person, thanks for the FA cup #mufc
— Liam (@_wigwam) January 17, 2017
Despite the boring football, Louis van Gaal still won a trophy and introduced loads of academy players. And what a character! #MUFC
— Ricardo (@ricardowho_) January 16, 2017
Thank you, Louis van Gaal. Enjoy your retirement. One of the best managerial careers of all time. pic.twitter.com/dsK3P5Ry1n
— Arjun (@ArjunitedRed) January 17, 2017
Sad to hear Louis Van Gaal retiring, was at that game when he done this what a ledge pic.twitter.com/CoX57uo7Cg
— Jecky (@Jack98Walsh) January 16, 2017
Louis Van Gaal kończy karierę trenera. Ta wiadomość dosłownie zwaliła nas z nóg. pic.twitter.com/X09JBN1Eoc
— eFortuna.pl (@eFortunapl) January 17, 2017
Ayer Louis Van Gaal decidió retirarse como entrenador. Los valencianistas nunca te olvidaremos por partidos así https://t.co/aJ5TMNVfcr
— Fentdetutto® (@Fentdetutto) January 17, 2017