Louis van Gaal has confirmed that he plans to step down as manager of Manchester United once his current contract comes to an end in 2017, according to BBC
BBC Sport suggest that the Dutchman has made the decision to leave the club in two years’ time, so he can spend more time with his loved ones.
“I promised that to my wife. We have not many years together any more. That is the reason,” he said.
Van Gaal has enjoyed an illustrious career, and has managed some of Europe’s biggest sides, as well as enjoying two stints as the head coach of the Netherlands national team, his appointment at Old Trafford signalled his first spell in England.
The 63-year-old explained that being given the role allowed him to realise the last ambition on his football wishlist, and he is not motivated by the riches that other opportunities offer.
“The only wish was the Premier League. Now I am here,” he added.
“So, I have to go to Qatar to earn still more money? I don’t think so. You have to enjoy also your life and your relationship with your wife,” he insisted.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager enjoyed a mixed first campaign in the Premier League. The Red Devils endured a slow start, but recovered in time to seal a place in the top four.
Should he be able to build upon his first season, and possibly take United back into the title picture, supporters of the side may hoping that he follows in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson, who reversed his decision to retire (via Guardian) and spent another 11 trophy-laden years with the club before finally calling it a day.