Louis van Gaal could soon accept a chance to restore his damaged reputation by taking a new job in football.
The former Manchester United, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich manager left Old Trafford last summer having been sacked just days after winning the FA Cup.
Jose Mourinho has been somewhat able to banish the Dutchman’s ghost, but it is still felt around the quarters of the national team.
Since he left the Oranje in 2014, Guus Hiddink and Danny Blind have overseen a largely unsuccessful period which saw the Netherlands fail to qualify for the Euros.
Blind was sacked at the weekend after a defeat to Bulgaria left them facing the prospect of missing out on next year’s World Cup too.
According to Dutch publication De Telegraaf, Van Gaal is in the frame not to replace Blind himself, but to help oversee the appointment of the new coach.
Hans van Breukelen of the KNVB (the Royal Dutch Football Association) reportedly mentioned the 65-year-old by name.
Frank de Boer and Phillip Cocu are both in contention, but Van Gaal could be a useful addition to the team having worked with a number of the first team previously for club and country.