Football: 'Iron Tulip' Van Gaal To Retire

Football: 'Iron Tulip' Van Gaal to retire

THE HAGUE, , (Pakistan Point News - APP - 17th Jan, 2017 ) - Firebrand manager Louis van Gaal has announced his retirement from professional football after more than three decades, citing "family reasons," a Dutch newspaper reported Tuesday. "I don't believe I'll return back to work," Van Gaal told popular daily tabloid De Telegraaf, which added he is "definitely drawing a line under his training career." The man nicknamed the "Iron Tulip" has received dozens of lucrative offers since his unceremonial axing from Manchester United last year, including a three-year contract in the East, most likely China, which would pay an estimated 50 million Euros ($53.

4 million) over three years, the paper said. "I could have taken the contract," Van Gaal told the paper. "But I'm still here. So much has happened within my family and it has become time to face facts." Flamboyant and outspoken, Van Gaal, 65, found himself in the midst of a family drama after the husband of one of his daughters unexpectedly passed away, De Telegraaf said. Despite winning the FA Cup last year -- United's first major silverware since the retirement of legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson -- Van Gaal was given the boot in May. He said then he was contemplating taking another manager's job. "I said I would stop, but then cleverly called it a 'sabbatical'. But now I don't believe I'll return to work," Van Gaal told De Telegraaf on receiving a lifetime achievement award in The Hague on Monday.