It looks like Louis van Gaal could be back in the football coaching ranks before the end of the summer.
According to the Sun, the former Manchester United manager has been deemed an early contender to replace Marc Wilmots, who was sacked by the club after an early exit in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals courtesy of Belgium.
Per the source, Van Gaal would be the ideal candidate for the position, but the Belgium FA will need him to lower his salary demands to take the job.
Van Gaal managed Man United for two sub-par seasons, finishing fourth and fifth on the table in his two years with the club. His final record with the club was 54W-25D-24L, for a 52.43% win rate – his worst in any stint as manager for a club or a country.
Though he navigated Man United back into the Champions League in the 2014-15 season, they were unable to get past the group stage in their 2015-16 campaign, finishing third in their group behind Wolfsburg and PSV Eindhoven.
Man United hired Van Gaal in 2014 following the sacking of David Moyes earlier in the year. He had led the Netherlands to a third-place finish in the 2014 FIFA World Cup just days before taking over.
Van Gaal’s final match as Man United manager was a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, claiming the prestigious trophy for the 12th time in the club’s history.
In his 25-year career as a manager, Van Gaal won seven league titles between Ajax (3), Real Madrid (3), AZ (1) and Bayern Munich (1). In the 1994-95 season with Ajax, he led the Dutch outfit to a Champions League title, defeating Milan in the ’95 Final.
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