Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is set to return to the dugout five
years after his exit from Old Trafford.
The 69-year-old will take charge of Dutch second-tier club SC Telstar next season.
However, Van Gaal will boss the club – based in North Holland – for just one game as part
of a fundraising drive.
Supporters can buy lottery tickets for the chance to serve as his assistant during the
match. Van Gaal played in midfield for Telstar in the 1977-78 season before joining
Sparta Rotterdam. And now he’s set to return as manager for a one-off fixture.
The Dutchman told fans: “If you want to make a mess of a game alongside me, buy
a lottery ticket.”
The tickets cost £2.50 each, with the draw to be made on July 17.
Other prizes include Dutch Grand Prix tickets, PlayStations, shower units, and football
kits. Former Holland, Ajax, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich coach Van Gaal spent two
seasons at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal’s return will only be brief though and he’ll continue to enjoy his retirement
after his one game in the dugout.
Speaking about his decision to retire in 2019, he told Dutch TV show VTBL: “I am a
pensioner now. I have no ambition to be a technical director or a TV pundit.
“My wife Truus gave up her job for me 22 years ago and followed me when I went abroad.
I told her I would quit as a coach when I turned 55 but instead kept going until I was 65.”