Louis van Gaal has revealed the Manchester United job will be his last in football following a long career at clubs such as Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The Dutchman guided his country to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup before joining Man United last summer and over the years has built himself a reputation for being a serial winner in multiple leagues and countries.
Although not without his critics, the majority of fans seem to agree he is taking the team in the right direction despite some negative football at times this season.
Now 63, van Gaal says he will retire when his spell at United is over in order to spend more time with his family.
When asked how long he will stay in management, van Gaal said: “I have a paradise in Portugal. I want to quit to go there, play golf, eat fantastic food. There are very good wines in Portugal. There is the beach, the very beautiful weather. I don’t want to travel.
“Everyone wants to touch my body in the airports; it is always peeping because I have an artificial hip. I am the only one who has been controlled every time when we fly. I don’t like it. It’s better to sit down in my – our – paradise.
“I am also old. This is my last job. For sure. I have to pay attention to my kids, my grandchildren but also to my wife. They deserve it. Now I cannot pay that attention. I was not at the birthday of my grandson for example. I don’t like it.”
The immediate question from United fans is whether van Gaal’s comments indicate his intention to stay for a long time at the club or whether he wants to continue his historical pattern of leaving the a job after two or three years in the role.
Like Fergie, van Gaal is reaching the stage where the yearning for family life is growing too strong after a life in football but it’ll be interesting to see precisely when that time comes.