Louis van Gaal. (AFP)
According to Dutch media 'De Telegraaf', coach Louis van Gaal has reached an agreement with the Royal Dutch Football Association to become the new national coach. Van Gaal returns to the post to replace Frank de Boer, who resigned after the failure of the 'Oranje' at the EURO, where they failed to make it past the round of 16.
If the appointment is confirmed, Van Gaal would be stepping into his third spell as national coach of his country. He held the post between 2000 and 2001, after leaving FC Barcelona, and between 2012 and 2014, when he finished third at the World Cup in Brazil. In addition, according to reports, the coach will be allowed to continue living in Portugal for tax reasons and would have Danny Blind, Frans Hoek and Henk Fraser as assistants.
Van Gaal's name has been the most prominent in the wake of De Boer's departure, after Erik ten Hag (Ajax coach) and Joachim Löw (former Germany coach) publicly confirmed they had no interest in the job. It is urgent for the federation to confirm its new coach as soon as possible in view of the three matches against Norway, Montenegro and Turkey in the first week of September in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.