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Danny Blind Could Offer LVG An Escape Route From Man United

The current Dutch national manager has earmarked the struggling Man United coach for a role in the Netherlands’ set-up.

Blind’s under-fire compatriot is in the midst of a torrid spell at Man United. Upon arrival at Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal was adamant that the role would represent his last contribution to football.

He could not be blamed for fancying an early retirement, but a headstrong individual such as LVG is unlikely to walk away from the hot-seat.

Danny Blind is interested in giving van Gaal (a former Dutch team manager himself) an easy out as a technical director, as he told Algemeen Dagblad (a Rotterdam based newspaper).

“With Van Gaal I could achieve a lot, he is in the top category”, Blind said.

“But there are also many other options to think of where the shoe could fit. I do not know if that will happen. I recently read a comment by the KNVB director of professional football about it [appointing a technical director]. But I have not spoken to him about it personally.”

Holland manager Louis van Gaal with assitant manager Danny Blind (L) during their tenure at the helm of Dutch football.
Holland manager Louis van Gaal with assitant manager Danny Blind (L) during their tenure at the helm of Dutch football.

“The key question is: what are the pillars of the work of a technical director? I have been one myself a couple of times in my career and basically it comes down to a buying and selling policy, but that is at a club, not at the KNVB. It comes to the flow of youth players. You have to offer an exciting job and it must be someone with respect.”

Van Gaal’s reluctance to stay in the game beyond the Man United job is rooted in wanting to spend more time in his family, as he has previously stated.

A more hands-off, less intensive role in the background, based in his own country could prove tempting to The ‘Iron Tulip’.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.