Ex-Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy to be PSV’s next manager

Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is PSV’s next manager, according to reports in the Netherlands.

Van Nistelrooy, who scored 150 goals in 219 games for United between 2001 and 2006, is currently the head coach of the Dutch club’s reserve team, Jong PSV, having previously been in charge of their U19 side.

The 45-year-old is now the first choice to replace current PSV manager Roger Schmidt, according to Dutch outlet ED.

Van Nistelrooy has impressed while in charge of PSV’s reserve side (Image: PA)

Schmidt has confirmed he will be leaving the club at the end of the season after failing to agree terms on a new contract.

PSV are currently second in the Dutch Eredivisie, two points behind league leaders Ajax.

Van Nistelrooy, who played for PSV before joining United, also worked as an assistant coach for the Netherlands national team but never held a managerial position.

Earlier this season he admitted it was too early for him to take on the managerial job at Phillips Stadion.

PSV boss Roger Schmidt will leave the club at the end of the season (Image: PA)
PSV boss Roger Schmidt will leave the club at the end of the season (Image: PA)

“I can be clear about that now. I won’t make the PSV first team,” said Van Nistelrooy. ESPN.

“I don’t think I’m ready for that yet. I think we have to continue to follow the trajectory on which we have agreed.

“The ambition and drive are there, but it’s too early now.”

Nevertheless, Van Nistelrooy is said to have the backing of former Everton director of football Marcel Brands, who will become PSV’s new chief executive this summer.

Van Nistelrooy scored 150 goals in 219 games for United between 2001 and 2006 (Image: PA)
Van Nistelrooy scored 150 goals in 219 games for United between 2001 and 2006 (Image: PA)

The report adds that if Van Nistelrooy takes the role, he will be assisted by a more experienced coach, with former PSV boss Fred Rutten considered for the role.

Rutten, 59, coached PSV between 2009 and 2012, and was most recently in charge of Belgian club Anderlecht, which he left in 2019.

Van Nistelrooy began his playing career at Den Bosch before moving to Heerenveen in 1997. He would later join PSV, scoring 77 goals in 90 games for the club before securing an £18.5m move to United in 2000.

A successful five-year spell at Old Trafford would follow, with Van Nistelrooy winning the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield during his time in Manchester.

He would later join Real Madrid in 2006, winning La Liga twice at the Bernabeu.

Stints at Hamburg and Malaga would follow for the striker before finally retiring in 2012 at the age of 35, having also scored 35 goals in 70 games for the Netherlands.

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