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Van Gaal to quit as Dutch head coach after World Cup

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-6-1 9:54:36

Louis van Gaal will quit as head coach of the Dutch national team after the World Cup, he confirmed on Friday during a press conference ahead of the trip to Indonesia and China in Hoenderloo.

The contract of Van Gaal runs out in 2014 and he is about to qualify for the World Cup with the Dutch team. Last week at a press conference for children he already indicated he would quit after the World Cup and he confirmed that to the media on Friday.

"I would not say my decision is irrevocable, that is never the case, but normally I quit," the 61-year-old coach said. "If a nice club from the Premier League are interested, I will still consider that. Then I'll have to consult my wife if I want to do it."

"With the Dutch team my ambition is to get to the World Cup," he added. "I've never experienced that. After that I will quit as national team coach. I do not like to work with players once in a while. I want to work with them every day."

Van Gaal started his coaching career in 1991 at Ajax and also worked for FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar. He was already coach of the Dutch national team in 2000 and 2001. In 2012 he succeeded Bert van Marwijk for his second term.
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