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Wednesday 30 March 2022
Eindhoven have announced that Ruud van Nistelrooy will succeed Roger Schmidt as coach of the team, starting next season.
Van Nistelrooy, 45, previously spent time coaching the club’s under-19 team and reserve team, while gaining experience through his work as an assistant coach in the first team.
Van Nistelrooy was part of the Dutch national team coaching staff from 2014 to 2016, and again alongside Frank de Boer at Euro 2020.
Now Van Nistelrooy will get his first job as head coach with PSV Eindhoven, which he played for during his career which included playing for Manchester United and Real Madrid.
PSV Eindhoven, who announced last month that he would not sign a new contract with Schmidt after coaching the team for two seasons, confirmed the news on their official website on Wednesday.
Van Nistelrooy, who has a contract until 2025 with PSV Eindhoven, said he would fulfill his life’s dream of coaching the 24-time Dutch champions.
“My dream has always been to coach PSV,” he said. “I’ve worked really hard with Ton Gerbrandt, Eindhoven’s general manager, in the last few seasons.”
“I was convinced that I could continue my professional training career, and basically I thought I needed an extra year to gain experience,” he added.
And he added, “But sometimes things go their way and you discover that life cannot be completely controlled. This is the moment to take the next step.”
“The appointment of Marcel Brands as Eindhoven’s general manager, and the conversation we had was the final push I needed to make an informed choice and take the next step.”
“Eindhoven is ready to embark on a new path this summer, and I am ready to play my part. Talking to the board of directors has reinforced our ambition and we are looking to create something special for the long term. I am excited about the task before me in Eindhoven.”
Van Nistelrooy scored 35 goals in 70 caps for the Dutch national team, and 62 goals in 67 matches for PSV Eindhoven between 1998 and 2001.
Van Nistelrooy spent five years with Manchester United and four years with Real Madrid, before ending his playing career as a player for short periods with Hamburg and Malaga.
After starting his coaching career in 2014, PSV Eindhoven manager John de Jong thought Van Nistelrooy was ready to take the step into coaching the main team.
“All of us, including Marcel Brands, who will become the new general manager this summer, have great confidence in his abilities,” Dejong said.
He added, “He is a strong, inspiring leader, and he will be second to none in his commitment and work ethic.”
And he added, “Van Nistelrooy has gained valuable experience in the PSV system, but also with the national team, and we are very confident of his readiness for his first position in coaching the first team.”