The current Manchester United boss, Louis van Gaal, who turns 64 next week, says he will see out his contract until 2017 but has made a promise to his wife, Truus, that he will give up his managerial duties in two years’ time.
Speaking to the BBC, the Old Trafford boss said:
“The only wish was the Premier League. Now I am here.
“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.”
The 63-year-old goes on to say:
“I promised that to my wife. We have not many years together any more. That is the reason.
“I have done everything in my career as a manager.”
A career which began with AZ Al Alkmaar in 1986 – as an assistant – has seen the United boss win an outstanding amount of trophies, along with personal awards also.
His time with Ajax will likely go down as his most renowned managerial stint, winning the Eredivisie three times as well the Champions League and UEFA Cup.
His personal accolades include World Soccer Manager of the Year in 1995 and Germany’s top manager award in 2010.
The amount of investment he has put in to United since arriving last season has been phenomenal and if Van Gaal does stay true to hs word, his legacy of buying in top quality talent as well as handing young players invaluable experience will go down as his lasting impression on one of the world’s biggest sides.
Van Gaal will be expected to continue his trophy-winning record with United and after two years of spending, the Old Trafford bosses will be awaiting silverware this season.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena