Louis van Gaal named Holland manager for THIRD time as ex-Man Utd boss replaces Frank de Boer after Euro 2020 flop

LOUIS VAN GAAL has been appointed Holland manager for the THIRD time.

The former Manchester United manager has replaced Frank de Boer who oversaw the Netherlands' disappointing Euro 2020 campaign.

Former Crystal Palace boss De Boer, 51, saw his side knocked out by Czech Republic in the last 16 and immediately stepped down.

Amsterdam-born Van Gaal managed the Dutch first between 2000 and 2002, and then again between 2012 and 2014.

He has signed a deal until the end of the 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar.

His backup staff will include Danny Blind (assistant), Henk Fraser (assistant) and Frans Hoek (goalkeeper coach).

And speaking after his appointment, the 69-year-old said: "Dutch football has always been close to my heart and national coaching is in my view a key position for the further advancement of our football.

"Moreover, I consider it an honour to coach the Dutch national team.

"There is little time for the next qualifying matches, which are immediately crucial for participation in the World Cup.

"The focus is therefore immediately 100 percent on the players and the approach.

"After all, I was appointed for that. It is good to be back in Zeist.

"By now I have already I have spoken to a number of players and the technical staff has been put together with the KNVB.

"I am very much looking forward to getting the job done together."

'EXCEPTIONAL QUALITIES'

The former Ajax chief, who turns 70 on Sunday, led Holland on a memorable run to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

But the Amsterdam-born gaffer endured a disappointing stint during his first spell in Holland’s hot seat. 

His side, who were considered outside favourites to win the 2002 World Cup, failed to qualify for the contest after a shock loss to the Republic of Ireland.   

Nico-Jan Hoogma, director of football at the Dutch FA, said: "In the coming months we will be faced with the task of qualifying for the World Cup.

"We have a minimal preparation period for this.

"With a view to this job, we were looking for a coach with exceptional qualities, who is also fast can anticipate and for those who have no secrets in national coaching.

"With his experience and track record at the highest level, we believe that we have that coach in Van Gaal.

"The contact was established quickly and we have spoken frequently since then.

"In the past few days, we have been able to carefully dot the i's together. We are happy that Louis is taking on this job."

Holland will play Norway, Montenegro and Turkey in their first group stage qualifying games in September before clashes with Latvia and Gibraltar in October. 

Van Gaal’s return to international management will come as a surprise to some following his Man Utd sacking in 2016 – two days after leading the Red Devils to FA Cup glory.

JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply)

DREAM TEAM IS BACK! SIGN UP NOW FOR THE 21/22 SEASON WITH £100,000 PRIZE POT UP FOR GRABS

He has not managed a team since that brutal dismissal.

Van Gaal, who began his managerial career with AZ Alkmaar in 1986, has won 20 major trophies with five European clubs. 

Silverware wins include two LaLiga titles with Barcelona, one Bundesliga crown with Bayern and three Eredivisie championships with Ajax.

⚽ Read our Man United live blog for the latest news and transfer gossip from Old Trafford

DREAM TEAM 2021/22

PLAY DREAM TEAM FOR THE 2021/22 SEASON

  • £100,000 prize pot up for grabs
  • £50million budget to build your best XI
  • Play in Mini Leagues against your mates, colleagues, etc
  • Click here to play for FREE
  • Dream Team app available through Apple Store and Google Play Store

    Source: Read Full Article