OFFICIAL: Louis van Gaal confirmed as Netherlands manager

OFFICIAL: Louis van Gaal confirmed as Netherlands manager

Netherlands have confirmed Louis van Gaal as their new national team manager for the third time. 

"Louis van Gaal has been officially appointed as the new national coach of Orange Together with his - also new - technical staff, consisting of Danny Blind (assistant), Henk Fraser (assistant) and Frans Hoek (goalkeeper coach), he will immediately start working for the Dutch national team," a statement from Netherlands read.

"Today, the foursome has agreed a collaboration with the KNVB up to and including the World Cup in 2022."

This becomes the third time van Gaal becomes Netherlands coach as he was the boss of the Dutch national team between 2000 and 2002 and between 2012 and 2014.

"Dutch football has always been close to my heart and national coaching is in my view a key position for the further advancement of our football. Moreover, I consider it an honor to coach the Dutch national team. There is little time for the next qualifying matches, which are immediately crucial for participation in the World Cup. The focus is therefore immediately 100 percent on the players and the approach. After all, I was appointed for that. It is good to be back in Zeist. By now I have already I have spoken to a number of players and the technical staff has been put together with the KNVB. I am very much looking forward to getting the job done together," Van Gaal told the team's official website. 

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