Louis van Gaal named Holland manager for third time

LOUIS VAN GAAL has been appointed Holland manager for the third time.

The former Manchester United boss has replaced Frank de Boer who oversaw the Netherlands’ disappointing Euro 2020 campaign.

Former Crystal Palace boss De Boer, 51, saw his side knocked out by Czech Republic in the last 16 and immediately stepped down.

Amsterdam-born Van Gaal managed the Dutch first between 2000 and 2002, and then again between 2012 and 2014.

The Sun.co.uk reports that He has signed a deal until the end of the 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar.

His backup staff will include Danny Blind (assistant), Henk Fraser (assistant) and Frans Hoek (goalkeeper coach).

And speaking after his appointment, the 69-year-old said: “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 honour 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.

“I have already I have spoken to a number of players and the technical staff that has been put together with the KNVB [Dutch FA].

“I am very much looking forward to getting the job done together.”

The former Ajax chief, who turns 70 on Sunday, led Holland on a memorable run to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

But the Amsterdam-born gaffer endured a disappointing stint during his first spell in Holland’s hot seat.

His side, who were considered outside favourites to win the 2002 World Cup, failed to qualify for the contest after a shock loss to the Republic of Ireland.