Van Gaal sets sights on national job
Bayern Munich chief Louis van Gaal is starting to think about his exit date from the club after revealing his desire to coach a national side.
Van Gaal, who led the Bavarians to a league and cup double and the final of the Champions League last season, has 12 months left on his contract but he has no intention of extending it just yet.
"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, but he 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 Holland to the World Cup final, Van Gaal has also been touted as a possible successor to Germany coach Joachim Low.