Former Man United boss returns to the dugout after five years

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal set to take over Dutch second-tier club Telstar

According to the Daily Mail, former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will make a return to management with Dutch second division side Telstar.

The 69-year-old has not ventured into management since being dismissed from the Red Devils hotseat in 2016. In fact, his last match in the dugout saw us win the FA Cup against Crystal Palace.

Van Gaal’s return to Telstar does not however mean that he is ready for another spell in the big leagues. In fact, he will be managing the club for just one game as part of a fundraising drive. The Dutchman is familiar with the club having played for them in the 1977-78 season.

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal set to take over Dutch second-tier club Telstar
Louis van Gaal managed Manchester United for two seasons

Supporters can buy lottery tickets, priced at just £2.50, to be entered into a draw to be Van Gaal’s assistant for the one-off fixture next season. The veteran tactician was in good spirits and encouraged people to buy a lottery ticket.

“If you want to make a mess of a game alongside me, buy a lottery ticket!”

Other prizes on offer for the draw on July 17 include tickets to the Dutch Grand Prix, PlayStations, football kits and, also a shower unit. The money raised from the lottery will be donated to the Spieren door Spieren Foundation, a charity that fights against muscle disease in children. 

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal set to take over Dutch second-tier club Telstar
Van Gaal retired from management in 2019

Van Gaal hasn’t returned to management following his two-season spell with United. He didn’t however announce his official retirement from the game until March 2019.

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Based in the northern town of Ijmuiden, Telstar finished 13th in the Eerste Divisie last season. They play their home games at the 3,625-seater Rabobank Ijmond Stadion.