Louis van Gaal has confirmed that he might be stepping down because the supervisor of the Netherlands nationwide workforce following their dramatic World Cup quarter-final loss to Argentina.
The 71-year-old had already insisted previous to the finals that this match can be his final in command of the Oranje, who he managed in three totally different spells.
And he backed up this sentiment following Friday’s thriller on the Lusail Iconic Stadium, ending his third stint technically unbeaten.
“Firstly I received’t be persevering with,” Van Gaal stated. “I solely did it for this time period. This was my final match of my third time period as head coach.
“In that point I coached 20 matches [winning 14, drawing six] and we didn’t lose a single one. I don’t know what number of matches we received, however you’ll be able to Google ‘Louis van Gaal, Dutch workforce’ and see the aim distinction for your self.”
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What might have been the final match of Van Gaal’s storied profession will go down as one of the crucial entertaining in World Cup historical past.
Argentina went 2-0 up largely due to the efforts of Lionel Messi, who assisted Nahuel Molina’s opener with an excellent no-look go earlier than scoring from the spot.
However Van Gaal threw the kitchen sink at La Albiceleste. He introduced on the right track males Luuk de Jong and Wout Weghorst to try to discover a route again into the tie.
Weghorst scored a thumping header after 83 minutes, and on the very finish of ten minutes of stoppage time, he pounced once more following a intelligent free-kick routine with Teun Koopmeiners.
However the Oranje have been defeated on penalties simply as they have been within the semi-finals in 2014, with Emiliano Martinez making two enormous saves as a feisty affair – which yielded 17 yellow playing cards, together with three after the ultimate whistle and throughout the shootout – got here to an in depth.
Van Gaal, who was visibly upset by the outcome, was requested if he thought Argentina would go on to win the World Cup.
“I don’t care. I received’t watch any extra,” he replied.