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Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is reportedly a candidate to take charge of Bayern Munich on a short-term basis for the rest of the season.

The Dutchman has been out of work since being sacked by the Red Devils in 2016, in what was widely expected to be his last big job in football management.

However, Van Gaal has since been linked with the likes of AC Milan and the Belgian national team in the last year or so, and could now be set for a return to one of his former clubs.

LVG was fairly successful in his two years in charge of Bayern between 2009 and 2011, winning a domestic double in his first season and reaching the final of the Champions League.

With Bayern sacking Carlo Ancelotti last week, they now hope to appoint Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann as head coach next season.

According to Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Van Gaal would take the reins until then, with the Bavarian giants seemingly unable to find a more suitable long-term candidate for the moment.

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp has also been mentioned as a candidate for the role, as has out-of-work former Borussia Dortmund boss, Thomas Tuchel.

However, Bayern seem set on Nagelsmann as the ideal coach to take the club forward from here, and are happy to have Van Gaal on board until he is available.

The 66-year-old has enjoyed success almost everywhere he has worked in a career that has seen him lead big clubs such as Ajax and Barcelona.

However, his most recent job at Manchester United certainly went down as a disappointment, even if he did win the FA Cup final in his last match in charge.

Author: Yemi Olarinre