Van Gaal pondering Bayern exit
Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal has revealed the upcoming season could well be his last in charge of the Bundesliga giants.
The Dutchman, who led the Bavarians to a league and cup double and the final of the UEFA Champions League last season, has 12 months left on his contract and he says he has little intention of extending his deal, at least not until the end of the upcoming 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 58-year-old has already made plans for life after Bayern Munich, but could stay put until 2012. "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 hotseat, at least before Bert van Marwijk led the Netherlands to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final™, Van Gaal has also been touted as a possible successor to Germany coach Joachim Low.