Van Nistelrooy’s shock decision to leave PSV
The Dutch club announced that Ruud van Nistelrooy informed them this morning that he is quitting as he feels he no longer has the support of the board of directors.
Ruud van Nistelrooy rocked PSV Eindhoven this morning by stepping down from his role as first team coach. The 46-year-old met with the board on Tuesday night to discuss certain, recent events concerning the team. However, this morning, he informed his players and staff that he did not have enough internal support to continue leading the squad.
Van Nistelrooy took over as head coach of PSV on a three-year deal last summer. It was his first managerial post after hanging up his boots in 2012. Since then he has overseen 50 official matches, across five competitions where he has managed to bring two trophies to Eindhoven. His PSV side lifted the KNVB beker after beating Ajax on penalties at the end of April, as well as the Johan Cruijff Schaal, where they also beat the Amsterdam team. In the Europa League, they fell in the round of 32, losing 3-2 on aggregate to Sevilla. In the domestic league, PSV are second on 72 points - 10 behind champions Feyenoord.
The decision is irrevocable and PSV has confirmed that Van Nistelrooy will not be on the bench for this weekend’s game against AZ Alkmaar: “At the request of the board, Fred Rutten will now take charge of the AZ game on Sunday. PSV regrets Van Nistelrooij’s decision and are thankful he has won this season’s Johan Cruyff Shield and TOTO KNVB Cup and hope to finish the current season in second place,” a club statement read.