Louis van Gaal could make managerial comeback with Belgiumby Jack Kitson / 25 July 2016, 14:11Tweet
Could Louis van Gaal be set to have one last stab in the managerial arena?
If the betting is to be believed then maybe so, with the former Man Utd boss the 2/1 favourite (Betway) to take charge of managerless Belgium, who recently sacked Marc Wilmots.
LVG has largely been in the wilderness since losing his job at United, which came just after he hoisted the FA Cup following a 2-1 extra-time victory over Crystal Palace. That cup win aside, the Dutchman endured a disappointing second, and ultimately final, season in charge of the Red Devils, who missed out on Champions League football after finishing 5th.
Jose Mourinho has since replaced LVG - you know the story - but now there are strong signs that LVG could be about to return to the dugout with Belgium, with whom he nearly managed back in 2007.
Belgium axed Wilmots earlier in July after the country’s Golden Generation once again failed to shine in a major tournament - losing out to minnows Wales in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.
LVG’s reputation may have suffered at United - with his turgid football unsurprisingly failing to inspire - but in his only major tournament at international level he led Holland to 3rd place at the 2014 World Cup, before moving on to United.
Belgium, No.2 in the FIFA Rankings, are desperate to find a manager who can propel them to the next level. LVG’s experience, knowledge, and proven international pedigree makes him a major contender for the position, providing he can be lured away from his Portuguese villa…
Belgium will be keen to appoint Wilmot’s successor before their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign gets underway in September. The Red Devils are the hot 4/11 favourites (Betway) to progress from a group containing Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus and Gibraltar, while they can be backed at 20/1 (Betfred) to hoist football’s most famous trophy in two years time.