Van Gaal delays announcing squad
Louis van Gaal has delayed announcing the Netherlands’ preliminary squad for the World Cup, the Dutch FA (KNVB) has announced.
The 62-year-old, who has been in talks over the possibility he will take charge at Manchester United after the World Cup, had been due to name his party on Friday the announcement has been put back to Monday.
A KNVB statement said: “The coach prefers would prefer to wait until after the final round of matches in the league [Eredivisie] to make clear which clubs will participate in the playoffs for European competition.”
The teams finishing fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth in the Dutch top flight compete for a place in the second qualifying round of the Europa League, and Van Gaal -- who will lead training sessions taking places on May 7-9, May 11-13 and May 15-17 -- wants to avoid calling up players who would not be available as a result.
The Manchester Evening News and Daily Mirror have speculated that the delay may be down to a desire for the coach to finalise negotiations with United before beginning his World Cup preparations. Algemeen Dagblad reported on Wednesday that Van Gaal was awaiting developments but no deal was in place.