Van Gaal heads three-man shortlist for Milan job – report

Date published: Tuesday 21st June 2016 9:18

Louis van Gaal: Has never worked in Serie A

Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could be set for a rapid return to management with AC Milan, according to reports in the Italian press.

Gazzetta dello Sport claim the 64-year-old, who was sacked by United last month, is being considered as the permanent replacement for Sinisa Mihajlovic, who was himself sacked in April. The Italian outlet claim Van Gaal heads a three-man shortlist, with Andre Villas-Boas and Ronald de Boer also in the running.

Van Gaal has managed in Holland, Spain, Germany and England during his career, but has never taken charge of an Italian team, though it remains to be seen whether a role with Milan could tempt him into one final challenge.

The Dutchman previously hinted he would retire from management when his time at United came to an end but the challenge of managing in Italy could persuade him to reconsider.

Van Gaal ended his spell at Old Trafford by claiming FA Cup final glory, but his drab brand of football and their failure to qualify for the 2016/17 Champions League saw him replaced in the Manchester United hotseat by Jose Mourinho.

However, his ‘failures’ at Old Trafford don’t appear to have put off Milan, who believe the Dutchman’s tactics could be better suited to Serie A than they ever were the Premier League.

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