- Louis Van Gaal has ended his coaching career after 26 years
- The Dutchman cites family issues for his decision to retire
- Van Gaal is one of the most decorated coaches in football history
Former Manchester United and Netherland coach Louis Van Gaal has retired from coaching after a 26-year career, BBC citing Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports.
Van Gaal, who has been out of work since he was sacked by Man United last season, announced his retirement on Monday, January 17, after receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Dutch government for his contribution to football.
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He was quoted as saying: "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.”
He cited family issues for his decision, adding that it was partly motivated by the sudden death of his daughter's husband last month.
He said: "So much has happened in my family, you become a human being again with your nose pressed to the facts.”
The 65-year-old Dutchman also revealed he turned down lucrative offers to continue his coaching career in the Far East.
Recall that Van Gaal was sacked by Manchester United in May 2016 hours after winning the FA Cup trophy.
Van Gaal is one of the most decorated coaches in football history as he has ten major managerial honours (four Dutch league title, two Spanish La Liga title, one Bundesliga title, one UCL title, one UEFA cup title and one FA cup title).
Before moving to England, Van Gaal had spells in charge of Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ.