It might be hard to fathom nowadays, but four-and-a-bit years ago everyone was talking about Louis van Gaal.
The Dutchman’s stock was considerably high following Holland’s excellent performance at the 2014 World Cup, which saw them finish third in the tournament.
Leading a fairly low-stocked Dutch side to the semi-finals in Brazil was considered a terrific achievement, and paved the way for his move to Manchester United in time for the 2014-15 season.
Fast-forward to present day, and van Gaal has been unemployed for over a year – with United axing him after their FA Cup win in 2016.
But it looks like the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach could be appearing at this summer’s World Cup, with Australia reportedly interested in hiring him in time for the tournament.
According to the Herald Sun, the Socceroos have lined-up van Gaal, Marcelo Bielsa, Jurgen Klinsmann, Bert van Marwijk and Luiz Felipe Scolari (booo) for the job – with LVG the bookies favourite.
The Football Federation of Australia’s advisory panel, which includes the likes of Mark Bresciano, Mark Schwarzer and Stan Lazaridis, have held formal talks in the last week to discuss candidates, following Ange Postecoglou’s resignation.
Former manager Postecoglou walked away from the role back in November – a mere two weeks after Australia qualified for the 2018 World Cup – citing heavy criticism from several Australian football commentators as the reasoning behind his decision.
Australia qualified for the tournament after beating Honduras in the play-offs, having missed out on automatic qualification to Japan and Saudi Arabia in their group.
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