After coming under intense scrutiny this season, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could be offered an opportunity to leave Old Trafford this summer.
The Dutchman has faced significant criticism throughout the campaign for United’s style of play, which in turn has seen them struggle for goals for long periods.
That is reflected in the fact that they have scored just 38 goals in 30 games this year, the lowest tally of the top seven sides in the Premier League.
As they continue to battle for Champions League qualification after failing to succeed in Europe this year, Van Gaal has been forced to face the brunt of the frustration from supporters and former players, but the KNVB could be about to offer him a fresh start.
According to The Independent, the Dutch FA are interested in appointing Van Gaal as a technical director of their new football centre of excellence which is due to be opened this summer.
His return to the international fold would also indirectly be a boost for current Netherlands coach Danny Blind who has struggled since being promoted from Van Gaal’s assistant at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
With the Oranje failing to qualify for Euro 2016, they will now be fully focused on ensuring that they don’t allow the same disaster to repeat itself in qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
A return to his homeland and in a less strenuous role would arguably suit Van Gaal in the latter stages of his career in football, although he still has a year remaining on his United contract.
Constant speculation continues to link Jose Mourinho with the Old Trafford hotseat, as noted by Manchester Evening News, and if there is truth in the rumour then Van Gaal will undoubtedly be keen on assessing his options moving forward.
Despite the obvious failings so far this season, the former Ajax and Barcelona coach does deserve some credit for developing young players such as Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
In turn, that helps to make sense of why the role offered by the KNVB would be perfect for the Dutch tactician as he will play a pivotal role in ensuring that new young talented players continue to be produced by the Dutch system.