Former Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy has been appointed under-19’s head coach at PSV Eindhoven, succeeding Mark Van Bommel.
Van Nistelrooy played for PSV in the early stages of his career, scoring a remarkable 62 goals in 67 appearances for the club. Having spent the last few years as part of their coaching staff, he has now secured his first head coaching role in football with the Dutch side.
He will be replacing his former Netherlands teammate Mark Van Bommel in the role, who has just been appointed as the first team boss.
The 41-year-old spoke to the media after his unveiling: “This is a great opportunity to take the next step in my development. I have thought about it and talked about it extensively with a number of people.”
“This is a great time to take on this job. I am really looking forward to working with this talented group in this position.”
PSV are riding the crest of a wave at the moment having won 3 of the last 4 Eredivisie titles in Holland, including last season after pipping Ajax to the post by 4 points.
The club is well known for its fantastic youth system and promotes young players into the first team wherever possible, which makes Van Nistelrooy’s new role a crucial one for the continued development of its teams from the under 19’s and above.Embed from Getty Images
Toon Gerbrands – the PSV general manager – has said that the former Real Madrid forward specifically asked for a head coach role. His determination and drive to improve himself professionally has clearly transferred from the pitch to the sidelines and if he’s half as good a manager as he was a player, then he is sure to succeed.
Van Nistelrooy scored 249 goals in 449 career appearances, spending the peak years of his career with both United and Madrid. At Old Trafford in particular, he produced his best football and became one of the most prolific goalscorers in Premier League history.
For his national team, he managed to achieve 70 caps whilst contributing 35 goals and post-retirement he served as assistant coach to Guus Hiddink during the Oranje’s World Cup campaign in Brazil.