RUUD VAN NISTELROOY is reportedly set for his first managerial job with PSV Eindhoven looking to promote him from reserve team coach.
Roger Schmidt will leave the post at the end of the season when his contract ends.
Ruud van Nistelrooy is currently in charge of PSV’s reserve team but could get promotedCredit: Getty
And now the former Manchester United striker could replace him.
Van Nistelrooy currently leads the Jong PSV team.
However, according to Eindhoven Dagblad, the director of football Marcel Brands reckons he should get promoted.
Brands – who quit his role at Everton in December – wants to bring in an experienced No2 for Van Nistelrooy.
He is said to be keen on Fred Rutten for the assistant role.
However Rutten was PSV assistant from 2002 to 2006 and then the manager from 2009 to 2012 – and also had spells in charge at the likes of Schalke, Twente, Feyenoord and Vitesse.
Therefore the experienced 59-year-old, seven shy of 400 matches as a manager, may be unwilling to take the apparent drop down to be an assistant again with Van Nistelrooy at the helm.
The ex-PSV striker – who also played for Real Madrid and Hamburg before finishing his career at Malaga in 2012 – scored 35 goals in 70 Netherlands caps.
He worked as the striker coach with the PSV academy from 2013 and the following year linked up with Guus Hiddink and the national team ahead of the World Cup.
Then in June 2018 Van Nistelrooy was appointed Under-19s boss with PSV, taking over from Mark van Bommel who had linked up with the seniors.
He was promoted to take over as Jong PSV head coach last summer – his side have won ten, drawn six and lost 14 and sit 11th in the Dutch second tier.
Van Nistelrooy continues to provide assistance to the national team with Louis van Gaal – although that would likely come to an end if he took the PSV first-team gig.
However, he may be quickly without one of his star players as Arsenal and Liverpool lead the transfer battle for influential winger Cody Gakpo.
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