A top-level delegation from the Royal Federation
Dutch de Fútbol travels to Portugal this Thursday to offer him the position of selector to Louis van Gaal, published today the Dutch press, after the resignation of Frank de Boer after the defeat of the Netherlands in the round of 16 of the European Championship.
The federation director, Eric Gudde, and the sports director Nico-Jan Hoogma are on their way to the Portuguese country “to find out if Van Gaal wants to become selector national ”, said NOS on its website.
The conversations will take place between today and tomorrow in Portugal due to the fact that the former Barcelona coach has a residence in Algarve, at South of that country. If there is an agreement, the official announcement would be next week, said the most widely read newspaper in the Netherlands, De Telegraaf.
The offer of the highest Dutch football organization comes despite the fact that the coach recently criticized the “Oranje” players, because he said that “a lot of glorified stars could not do it”, in reference to not having qualified for the quarterfinals of the European Championship.
Van Gaal’s name is the one that sounds the most after the departure of Frank de Boer, after you figure as the coach of Ajax, Erik ten hag, and former Germany coach Joachim Löw have said publicly that they have no interest in assuming the position of coach for the Netherlands.
The sports director of the federation Nico-Jan Hoogma He assured, after the elimination of the Eurocup, that they are looking for a coach “with Koeman’s aura” with which the players can say “he is the boss”.
If he accepted, Van Gaal would assume the role of coach for the third time, as he was in office between 2000 and 2001, after leaving FC Barcelona, and between 2012 and 2014, when he got third place in the World Cup in Brazil.
The urgency of the federation is due to the fact that the Netherlands plays between the September 1 and 7 three games against Norway, Montenegro and Turkey that will be key to deciding the first place in Group G qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.