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Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 13:51 EATtmatalanga@kenyafreepress.com
Ex-Manchester United and Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal has retired from coaching after a 26-year career. Van Gaal, 65, who has been out of work since being sacked by United hours after winning the FA Cup in May 2016, also had managerial spells at Ajax Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar.
He made the announcement on Monday after receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Dutch government for his contribution to Dutch football. Citing family issues after the recent death of his son-in-law, Mr Van Gaal was quoted as saying: "So much has happened in my family, you become a human being again with your nose pressed to the facts, I thought maybe I would stop, then I thought it would be a sabbatical, but now I do not think I will return to coaching," according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
As a manager, Mr Van Gaal's career was long and successful. He won national league titles with Ajax (1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96), Barcelona (1997-98, 1998-99), AZ Alkmaar (2008-09) and Bayern Munich (2009-10). He also won a Copa Del Rey while at Barca. He also won the UEFA Cup and Champions League with Ajax in (1991-1992) and (1994-1995) respectively before winning the F.A Cup with United in 2016.
As a player, Van Gaal played as a midfielder for Ajax, Royal Antwerp, Telstar, Sparta Rotterdam and AZ between 1972 and 1987 before moving into coaching, first as an assistant at AZ followed by the same role at Ajax. The Dutchman also revealed that he had turned down lucrative offers to continue his coaching career in the Far East.
Matalanga is a student of journalism at the East Africa School of Media Studies and an intern writer at the Kenya Free Press.