Former Man United and Real Madrid Legend Van Nistelrooy Gets First Major Managerial Appointment At PSV.

  • Ruud Van Nistelrooy lands his first major managerial job following his appointment as the next  PSV Eindhoven's new manager beginning from next season.

21-years after departing PSV, the former Manchester United legend would replace Roger Schmidt at the Philips Stadium for the 2022-23 campaign when the coveted German coach's contract ends.

Nistelrooy has reportedly agreed a three-year deal with the Dutch giants set to expire (June 2025), having scored 77 goals in just 90 games for the club between 1998 and 2001 before his move to Old Trafford for a club-record £18.5million where he scored 150 goals in 219 appearances across all competitions for the Red Devil's, winning one Premier League title, one FA Cup and one League Cup. 

He further joined Real Madrid and continued his prolific goal-scoring form for the Spanish gaints, scoring 64 goals in 96 appearances between 2006 and 2010.

After a brief 2-years spell with Bundesliga side  Hamburger SV, he announced his retirement as a Malaga player in May 2012 at age 35.

The 45-year-old Dutchman has been coaching since 2014 when he became an assistant coach with the Netherlands national team. He is currently perfecting his craft in the dugout in charge of PSV B team (their under-23s), but now been confirmed that he will take charge of the first team from next season.


As PSV announced the news on Wednesday, the Van Nistelrooy told their website: "It has always been my dream to be head coach at PSV. I've worked intensively with Toon Gerbrands, PSV's current General Manager, the past few seasons. I was convinced I could pursue a professional coaching career and originally thought I needed one more year to gain experience.

"But sometimes things do go their way and you find out that life is not completely manageable. This is the right moment to take the next step." Van Nistelrooy added on how the dream opportunity came around: "A few things have come together the past few months.

"PSV are ready to embark on a new path this summer and I am ready to play my part. Talks with the board of directors have reinforced the idea that we are ambitious and look to create something special in the long term. I am excited for the task in hand at PSV."

PSV Director of Football John de Jong has given the 70-time Netherlands international a glowing endorsement, declaring: "We are delighted to confirm that Ruud van Nistelrooy is our new manager. All of us, including Marcel Brands, who will be PSV’s new General manager this summer, have great confidence in his abilities.

"He is a strong, inspirational leader and his commitment and work ethic will be second to none.... He added.

"Van Nistelrooy has gained valuable experience within the PSV organisation but also with the national team and we are highly confident he is ready for his first senior managerial role. We are sure that he has a great and successful career ahead, with the backing of experienced Fred Rutten and the coaching staff."

PSV are still in the title race in Eredivisie, but current head coach Roger Schmidt is leaving at the end of the season and Van Nistelrooy, would be looking to match his success as a player on his first post as a senior team manager.

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