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Louis Van Gaal Quits Football, Three Years After Man Utd Sacking

Louis van Gaal has retired from football aged 67 – three years after being sacked by Manchester United .

The Dutchman spent two years in the Old Trafford dugout before being relieved of his duties following the Red Devils’ FA Cup success in 2016.

United finished fourth and fifth under his tenure before he was replaced by Jose Mourinho.

Van Gaal has been linked with a host of jobs in the meantime, and recently rejected the chance to take over at Dutch side Feyenoord next season.

But he has opted to call it a day, stating he will walk away from the game altogether.

Van Gaal told Dutch TV show VTBL: “I am a pensioner now. I have no ambition to be a technical director or a TV pundit.

“My wife Truus gave up her job for me 22 years ago, and followed me when I went abroad.

“I told her I would quit as a coach when I turned 55, but instead kept going until I was 65.

“She is entitled to have a life with me outside of football. I can say she is very happy.

“I think I could have worked as a technical director.

“But in this role you can’t attend training or say anything for fear it won’t suit the coach, directors or media. I don’t think I want a job like that.”

Van Gaal enjoyed a hugely successful managerial career, taking in spells with Ajax, Barcelona , Holland and Bayern Munich.

He won three league titles and the Champions League with Ajax, claiming a further Dutch title later in his career while managing AZ Alkmaar.

Van Gaal led Barcelona to two La Liga titles and picked up another title in Germany with Bayern.

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