17 Jan 2017

Louis van Gaal retires from coaching

1:05 pm on 17 January 2017

Former Manchester United and Netherlands football manager Louis van Gaal says he has retired from coaching after a 26-year career.

Van Gaal, who is 65, has been out of work since being sacked by United hours after winning the FA Cup in May 2016.

It's time to say goodbye to Manchester United for Louis van Gaal.

Louis van Gaal has announced his retirement from coaching Photo: Photosport

He told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf the time out from coaching has given him time to weigh up his options.

"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," Van Gaal said.

Van Gaal also had spells in charge of Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ.

He made the announcement after receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Dutch government for his contribution to football.