Former Manchester United manager, Luis Van Gaal has retired from football. The Dutchman made the announcement early today with tributes pouring in from some of the players he’s managed in his career.
Van Gaal’s first coaching job with Ajax saw him win three Eredivisie titles, the Uefa Cup, Uefa Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and a Dutch Cup to his Champions League success in 1995.
Van Gaal also won the Super Cup with Barcelona, along with two La Liga titles and the Copa del Rey. He went on to win Eredivisie with AZ and the German league-and-cup double with Bayern Munich.
“I am a pensioner now,” Van Gall told Dutch TV show VTBL on Monday.
“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.”
Tributes have poured in from some youngsters at Manchester United whom he gave the chance to showcase themselves.
“Thank you for opening the door and trusting in me. Enjoy retirement boss”.
“Thanks for everything coach!! It was an honour to learn from you!”
And Chris Smalling:
“Enjoy your retirement boss.”