Louis van Gaal set to upset wife by reversing retirement to take Netherlands job

Louis van Gaal is close to being confirmed as the new head coach of the Netherlands national team after the departure of Frank de Boer following an underwhelming Euro 2020 campaign.

Van Gaal, now 69, has been out of work for over five years having last managed Manchester United, where he won the FA Cup, beating Crystal Palace in the final before being sacked just a few days later.

Van Gaal will be returning to manage the national team for the third time, having first led them from 2000 to 2002 and the second stint being from 2012 to 2014.

The first spell ended sourly with the Dutch failing to qualify for the 2002 World Cup while in the second, Van Gaal surprisingly led them to a third-place finish at the finals in 2014 in Brazil.

However, his return may not be too pleasing to all, especially his wife Truus, who has enjoyed time with her husband since he left his last job.

Back in 2019, Van Gaal seemed to confirm his retirement and felt his wife was very happy to not see him so invested in football, but that may not be the case anymore.

"My wife Truus gave up her job for me 22 years ago, and followed me when I went abroad,” he said to Sky Sports.

“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.

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“I can say she is very happy; I think I could have worked as a technical director.”

Upon his return to the Dutch national side, his primary objective will be to help the team qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Netherlands are currently second in their qualifying group, one point behind Turkey, having won two and lost one of their three games so far.

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