PSV boss Ruud van Nistelrooy STEPS DOWN after claiming there was not enough support within the club
Ruud van Nistelrooy STEPS DOWN as PSV manager after claiming there was not enough support from within the club – despite the Man United legend winning the Dutch Cup and Super Cup in his sole season in charge
Ruud van Nistelrooy has confirmed that he will be leaving his role as PSV Eindhoven coach with immediate effect.
The former Manchester United striker will step down as PSV boss having held talks with the club’s hierarchy on Tuesday evening.
According to the club, talks concluded with both parties prepared to wait until the clash with AZ Alkmaar on Sunday before continuing discussions.
However, the Dutch legend informed the club on Wednesday morning that he would not be continuing in his role and will depart with immediate effect, with the club hoping for a second-place finish with a win on Sunday against AZ Alkmaar.
In just one campaign, Van Nistelrooy lifted both the Dutch Cup and the Dutch Super Cup in a successful spell in the dugout.
Ruud van Nistelrooy has stepped down as PSV Eindhoven manager as of Wednesday morning
The former Manchester United striker cited a lack of support from the club to continue in his role
Having secured a Dutch Cup-Super Cup double his side can seal a second-place finish with a win over AZ Alkmaar on Sunday
The club released a statement on Wednesday thanking him for his service, having assumed control of the Rood-witten at the start of the season.
It read: ‘PSV regrets Van Nistelrooy’s decision and is grateful to him for winning the Johan Cruyff Scale and the TOTO KNVB Cup this season and hopes to close the football year with second place.’
In a largely positive term, the 46-year-old won 34 of a possible 50 games in charge, losing and drawing eight times each.
He also took the club to the second round of the Europa League, where they were beaten 3-2 on aggregate by record winners – and this year’s finalists – Sevilla.
The Dutch side notably secured a dominant 2-0 win over Arsenal in the group stages of the competition in October on the way to qualification for the next phase.
Having told players and staff of his decision on Wednesday morning, Van Nistelrooy will be replaced in the dugout on Sunday by Fred Rutten.