Coach Louis van Gaal has reached an agreement with the Royal Netherlands Football Association to be the coach of the Netherlands, the Dutch newspaper “De Telegraaf” published on Wednesday. Van Gaal would replace Frank de Boer, who resigned due to the failure in the “Oranje” Eurocup by failing to pass the round of 16.
The coach will be allowed to continue living in Portugal for tax reasons, the most widely read newspaper in the Netherlands said, and would have as assistants Danny Blind, Frans Hoek and Henk Fraser.
If the appointment is confirmed, Van Gaal would assume the role of coach for the third time, since he was in office between 2000 and 2001, after leaving FC Barcelona, and between 2012 and 2014, when he achieved third place in the World Cup in Brazil. The urgency of the federation is due to the fact that the Netherlands will play three games between September 1 and 7 against Norway, Montenegro and Turkey that will be key to deciding the first place in Group G qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Van Gaal’s name is the one that has sounded the most after the De Boer departure, after figures such as Ajax coach Erik ten Hag and former Germany coach Joachim Löw have said publicly that they have no interest in becoming coaches of Netherlands. The federation sports director Nico-Jan Hoogma assured, after the elimination of the Eurocup, that they were looking for a coach “with the aura of Koeman” with whom the players can say “he is the boss”.