Ruud van Nistelrooy ‘is the leading candidate to be the next PSV boss’… with the Man United legend on the brink of his first senior job in management after coaching the Dutch club’s reserve side
- Ruud van Nistelrooy is reportedly being lined up to be the next manager of PSV
- He is currently in charge of the club’s reserve side after coaching the Under-18s
- The Manchester United legend has the backing of incoming CEO Marcel Brands
- Van Nistelrooy would likely be assisted by the more experienced Fred Rutten
- The former striker appeared to rule himself out of the job earlier this month
Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy is reportedly being lined up as PSV’s next manager.
The 45-year-old is currently in charge of Jong PSV, the club’s reserve side, having coached the Under-18s for three years up until last summer.
Van Nistelrooy has also worked as an assistant coach with the Netherlands national team, but has never held a senior managerial role.
Ruud van Nistelrooy is currently in charge of PSV’s reserve side after coaching the Under-18s
Nonetheless, he is the first choice candidate to replace outgoing PSV first team boss Roger Schmidt according to Dutch outlet ED.
Schmidt has confirmed that he will leave his post at the end of the season after failing to agree a new contract in Eindhoven. The club are currently second in the Eredivisie table, just two points behind leaders Ajax.
Van Nistelrooy reportedly has the backing of Marcel Brands, the ex-Everton director of football who will become PSV’s new chief executive in the summer.
It was only earlier this month that the former striker appeared to rule himself out of the race to be Schmidt’s successor.
‘I can be clear about that now. I will not go through to the first-team of PSV,’ van Nistelrooy told ESPN.
He has also been assistant Netherlands coach but has never held a senior managerial role
Incoming PSV chief executive Marcel Brands wants van Nistelrooy as the club’s next manager
‘I don’t think I’m ready for that yet. I think we should continue to follow the trajectory that we have agreed upon. The ambition and the drive are there, but it is too early now.’
The ED report adds that if he does take the job then he will be assisted by a more experienced coach, with Fred Rutten being lined up for that role.
The 59-year-old was PSV boss between 2009 and 2012, having been the club’s assistant manager earlier in the decade, and was most recently at the helm of Belgian side Anderlecht who he left in April 2019.
If the Manchester United legend takes the job, he would likely be assisted by Fred Rutten