The always divisive Louis van Gaal is set to return to the world of football management after confirming that he’s received an offer he simply can’t refuse, as reported by Sky Sports. Now while that may seem a little bit vague and we probably shouldn’t be reading into it too much, it’s easier said than done – especially when it comes to Arsenal as the rumour mill continues to turn regarding who will replace Arsene Wenger as the club’s new manager.
Many people know the Dutchman courtesy of his time in English football with Manchester United, which makes sense, given that was his latest role in the game. However, his CV includes stints at many other places around the world – and we thought it’d be interesting to see where else he’s been as the talks surrounding him potentially moving to North London intensify.
Unsurprisingly van Gaal started his career in his homeland, spending six years with one of the nation’s biggest teams: Ajax. He accumulated a tremendous 68% win percentage in his time there, which led to three Eredivisie titles, one KNVB Cup, one UEFA Cup and even a Champions League triumph in 1995.
From one big club to another, van Gaal was the manager of Barcelona for almost three years in the late-90s. While his win percentage of 55% may not initially seem quite as impressive, he was still able to win two La Liga titles in addition to a Copa del Rey. He returned for six months down the line, but things didn’t go all too well.
We’re going to lump both of his reigns with Holland into one here because while the first lasted around 18 months, he only managed 15 games in that period of time. In his second run, however, he was able to guide the Dutch to third place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Could he return for a third time one day?
AZ Alkmaar are probably one of the more notable teams over in Holland, but that wasn’t always the case. Under the guidance of van Gaal, however, they well and truly put themselves on the map by winning the Eredivisie in 2009 for the first time since 1981. You may not like him, but the guy knows how to win trophies.
From July 1st 2009 to April 10th 2011, van Gaal was the manager of German giants Bayern Munich – and while that isn’t the longest stint in the world, he still managed to add a Bundesliga title and a DFB-Pokal to his collection.
United fans still may hold a grudge to this day, but never forget that he helped to lead The Red Devils to the FA Cup in 2016. Beyond that, however, a lot of the criticisms thrown his way were probably deserved.
Would you like to see Louis van Gaal at Arsenal?