“At that moment I worked for years,” Van Nistelrooy is quoted on the PSV website. “I’m proud and confident that I am willing to take a leadership role on my club.” And sport director John de Jong adds: “We have great confidence in the way we will hit this summer with Ruud as head coach.” Trust also shows itself in the three-year contract, which will be signed by the 45-year-old.

From 1998 to 2001, Van Nistelrooy himself played three years for the PSV Eindhoven before he left his home country. The Dutch changed in 2001 into the Premier League to Manchester United and started a world-class career. After the Red Devils, the striker Real Madrid closed. He made two championships in Spain his championship title and Cup victory in England.

Even in the Bundesliga, the attacker with built-in Torinsinkt gave his business card. In 36 league games for the HSV he met twelve times. His career finally completed the 45-year-old in 2012 in Malaga. He then started his coaching car in 2014 as the assistant trainer of the Netherlands. In 2019, he moved him to PSV, where he was responsible for the offspring and first supervised the U 19 and then the second team.

Rutten becomes co-coach

Now Van Nistelrooy is the chance to look after a first team. Co-coach is becoming the former Schalke coach Fred Rutten, which is currently still board member of the newcomer NEC Nijmegen. Thus, the succession of Roger Schmidt clarified, which announced his farewell from Eindhoven in February. The 55-year-old is facing a signature at Benfica.