Ex-Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal in running for Australia job ahead of World Cup

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Ex-Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal in running for Australia job ahead of World Cup

FORMER Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is a contender for the Australia job.

The experienced Dutchman is on a short-list of contenders to lead the Socceroos to the World Cup.

Louis van Gaal is a candidate to take Australia to the World CupGetty - Contributor

Van Gaal, 66, has been out of work since his sacking by Manchester United after winning the FA Cup in 2016.

Before his two years at Old Trafford, he took Holland to third place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and is keen on the short-term post worth around £1m.

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is another candidate alongside Roberto Mancini and Bert van Marwijk who was in charge of Holland for four years before van Gaal.

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has ruled himself out of the running.

The Dutch coach has been out of work since leaving Manchester United in 2016Getty - Contributor Ange Postecoglou resigned in Novmember after World Cup qualificationEPA

Arnold said: “I am committed to Sydney FC and 100 per cent focused on seeing out this season and winning two more trophies for this great club.”

Former Australia boss Ange Postecoglou quit in November after leading his country through the qualifiers.

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The Socceroos have been drawn in Group C in Russia along with France, Denmark and Peru.

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