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Van Gaal close to signing with Bundesliga strugglers

The Dutch coach is set for an unexpected return to management with bottom side Werder Bremen until the end of the season.

Van Gaal close to signing with Bundesliga strugglers

Van Gaal close to Bundesliga return

It looks as if Louis Van Gaal is close to a return to management sooner than anyone expected. Fired by Manchester United – where he signed off by winning the FA Cup – during the summer to make way for Jose Mourinho, the Dutchman now looks set to sign with Bundesliga strugglers Werder Bremen.

Werder Bremen, the Bundesliga's bottom side

German daily Hamburger Abendblatt reports that Van Gaal is set to sign a contract with the club until the end of the season. Bremen find themselves bottom of the Bundesliga after losing their four opening games and fired Ukranian coach Viktor Skrypnyk on Sunday evening.

Van Gaal managed Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich between 2009 and 2011

Van Gaal's second spell in Germany

Taking over at Bremen would see Van Gaal, now 65, start his second spell in Germany. He previously managed Bayern Munich between 2009 and 2011, where he won the German League, Cup and Super Cup.