Louis van Gaal confirms he will not be continuing as Holland manager

Bullish Louis van Gaal insists he ‘didn’t lose a single one’ of his 20 matches in his third spell as Holland manager as he confirms he will not be continuing in the role after their World Cup quarter-final defeat by Argentina

  • Holland’s World Cup is over after they were beaten on penalties by Argentina 
  • They scored late goals to level the game but were outclassed in the shoot-out 
  • Louis van Gaal confirmed after the game he will not be staying on as manager
  • He defended his record with Holland, saying he ‘had not lost a single game’
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Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal confirmed he would be stepping down from the role after his side were knocked out of the World Cup by Argentina on Friday.

They put in a dramatic showing in the quarter final, coming back from two goals down to equalise late in injury time, but were then outclassed in the penalty shoot-out as Emi Martinez made two excellent saves.

After the game, van Gaal stood by his record in his third stint as Holland boss but confirmed he would not continue in the role.   

Louis van Gaal has confirmed he will not be continuing as the Netherlands manager

It comes after his side were knocked out of the World Cup on penalties by Argentina

Van Gaal stood by his record, saying he had ‘not lost one’ of his 20 matches in charge

He said: ‘First and foremost I will not be continuing as a head coach for the Dutch team because I only did it for this period of time.

‘This was my very last match. My third term as a head coach. In that time I coached 20 matches but I didn’t lose a single one. I think it is Google you can look that up on. I am looking back on a fantastic period of time with a great group of players.

‘I don’t think I’ve been beaten today, only in a penalty shoutout.

‘I had a wonderful time and yes it is incredibly painful to see how we have been eliminated. Particularly because I did everything to prevent this from happening.’

Argentina will now play Croatia in the semi final in the Lusail Stadium on Tuesday

The 71-year-old manager cut a playful figure when interviewed before the game as he joked with Memphis Depay, but he had always planned to step down after the tournament.

Reaching the quarter finals is a definite improvement for Holland after they failed to qualify at all in 2018, but will be something of a disappointment after finishing second and third in 2010 and 2014. They remain one of the most successful footballing nations to never win a World Cup.

Argentina’s victory means they will face Croatia for a spot in the final at the Lusail Stadium on Tuesday.

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