Netherlands has officially appointed Louis van Gaal as the head coach for the 3rd time, the KNVB website reported. The new contract is reported to run until the end of 2022, this also includes the World Cup in Qatar.
Van Gaal has previously worked with the Dutch national team twice. He first took charge in 2000, but failed to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and left the job. Ten years on, he took charge of the team again, winning the bronze at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Van Gaal told the Dutch FA’s website: “Dutch football has always been close to my heart and national coaching is in my view a key position for the further advancement of our football.
“Moreover, I consider it an honour to coach the Dutch national team. There is little time for the next qualifying matches, which are immediately crucial for participation in the World Cup. The focus is therefore immediately 100 per cent on the players and the approach. After all, I was appointed for that.
“It is good to be back. By now I have already spoken to a number of players and the technical staff has been put together. I am very much looking forward to getting the job done together.”
Van Gaal also won the Eredivisie during a spell with AZ Alkmaar in 2008-09, but has been out of work since being sacked by United in 2016.
Van Gaal’s first game back at the helm will be on September 1 when the Netherlands resume their World Cup qualifying campaign with a clash against Norway.