Van Gaal eyes national post

Dutch coach plans Bayern exit

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Van Gaal eyes national post

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Louis van Gaal has set his sights on securing an international post, once he leaves Bayern Munich.

The Dutchman, who led Bayern to a domestic double and the UEFA Champions League final last season, currently has one year remaining on his current contract at Allianz Arena.

He has little intention of extending that deal at present, but admits he will review the situation at the end of the 2010/11 campaign.

"My contract ends next year and I am not going to sign a new one before then," he said.

"I won't sign in the autumn or in the winter."

The experienced coach has revealed that he could be persuaded to stay on until 2012, but insists he is unlikely to remain past that point.

Van Gaal, who managed Holland between 2000 and 2002, admits he is keen to return to the international arena.


He is hoping to be involved at the 2014 World Cup and that means he will have to turn his back on Bayern at some stage.

"I want to be a national team coach," he revealed to Kicker magazine.

"I should really quit Bayern now because now is the time when national team coaches are being appointed.

"Therefore, maybe I will extend my contract here by one year until 2012 and then take over a country (after Euro 2012).

"I am going to be at the next World Cup. I think so. I hope so."

As well as being linked with the Dutch hot seat, at least before Bert van Marwijk led Holland to the World Cup final, Van Gaal has also been touted as a possible successor to Germany coach Joachim Low.