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Netherlands boss van Gaal “totally sick of being national coach”

Apr 8, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT

Louis van Gaal AP

This ought to make fans of the Dutch national team quiver with delightful anticipation of this summer’s World Cup, while also serving to further incite gossip on White Hart Lane.

Netherlands national team manager Louis van Gaal made headlines last month with his stated desire to run a Premier League side, and Tottenham’s long been a spot of rampant speculation since the 62-year-old declared he was wrapping up his time as Dutch manager.

He’s been mentioned as a desired candidate for Spurs as recently as Monday.

So here’s what van Gaal said to Rotterdam newspaper Algemeen Dagblad when asked why he announced the World Cup would be his last gig in charge of Holland:

“Because after two years I’m totally sick of being national coach.”

Tell us how you really feel.

Guus Hiddink has already been tapped to lead the side after the World Cup, and van Gaal faces a challenging Group B with Spain, Chile and Australia. Plus, the nation without stalwart midfielder Kevin Strootman.

So it follows with more than a little humor that, given his above comments and stern reputation, van Gaal dropped this line about his team’s World Cup goals.

“It is all about team spirit,” Van Gaal said of team building for Brazil. “Having everybody pull in the same direction.”

That sounds easy when someone’s so passionate about their job.

  1. blugold94 - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    I don’t know a whole lot about Van Gaal but between his lobbying for jobs currently held by others and this he doesn’t come across as someone I’d want managing my team.

    • chargerdillon - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      You’re missing the bigger picture here. Dutch football is all about offense offense offense with very little tactics on actually controlling the ball.

      On top of this the Dutch team is famous for their massive conflicting ego’s which is still quite evident today.

      Have you ever watched Arjen Robben play? Have you ever seen his tantrums on the pitch?

      This coach isn’t tired of coaching, he’s tired of coaching a bunch of primadonnas who are more worried about their camera time than their goal of winning a world cup.

      It’s been said the Dutch would rather lose playing total offense than win playing defense. That would stand to make any coach get fed up.

      • chunkala - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        I’m all for that, offense is better than defense and soccer really needs to find ways to increase scoring.

  2. site to help others - Apr 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    The last line is a cheapshot, getting Dutch players to work together is like herding cats.

  3. chunkala - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    I’m all for that, offense is better than defense and soccer really needs to find ways to increase scoring.

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