Van Gaal seeks role with Dutch FA

LONDON • Louis van Gaal is seeking a role at the Dutch Football Association (KNVB).

The former United manager wants to replace Hans van Breukelen as the KNVB's technical director, following the announcement this week that the former Netherlands goalkeeper will leave the post on Aug 1.

Van Breukelen, 60, will leave one year into a three-year contract following a turbulent period in which the team failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championship and are struggling to secure a place at the World Cup in Russia next year.

The Dutch are in third place in Group A of the World Cup qualifiers - on 10 points with four games remaining - and are three points behind co-leaders Sweden and France.

Van Breukelen was also instrumental in the sacking of coach Danny Blind in March - with the Netherlands fourth at that time - before asking former coach Dick Advocaat to return to the role for the rest of the campaign.

Van Gaal also expressed an interest in succeeding Blind but, having been overlooked for a position he has held twice, is now seeking an executive role.

The 65-year-old announced his decision to retire in January, but is now seeking an off-field position, having led the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup as coach.

Former United winger Ryan Giggs - who was assistant manager during van Gaal's two-year tenure at Old Trafford - has said that he does not intend to rush into management, according to ESPN.

The Welshman left the club after the appointment of Jose Mourinho last season and has been linked to the hot seat at Southampton, the club which sacked Frenchman Claude Puel last week.

"I'm getting linked with everyone at the moment and I've not even spoken to anyone. That's football," Giggs told ITV.

"I'm happy with life at the moment and in the future we'll see what happens. But I'm enjoying life at the moment."

THE TIMES, LONDON

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