Former Manchester United goalscorer Ruud van Nistelrooy has been linked with the PSV job.
The former Netherlands international, who scored 150 goals for Manchester United between 2001 and 2006, is currently in charge of the Jong PSV, the club’s reserve side.
Jong PSV are positioned 11th in the Ereste Division, managing just 36 points from 30 matches this season, but Van Nistelrooy is still considered the right man to lead their first team back to glory even if he doesn’t think so himself…
Dutch publication ED claim Van Nistelrooy is the preferred candidate to replace PSV’s current manager Rodger Schmidt.
It would be a huge step up for Van Nistelrooy, but he would not be in the running for the job if he wasn’t impressing PSV chiefs with his work developing their youth players.
Van Nistelrooy doesn’t have a lot of experience when it comes to senior management.
However, in the past he worked as assistant coach for the Netherlands national team.
Speaking to ESPN last month, Van Nistelrooy admitted it was too early for him to take the first-team job at PSV.
“I can be clear about that now. I will not go through to the first-team of PSV.”
“I don’t think I’m ready for that yet. I think we should continue to follow the trajectory that we have agreed upon.
“The ambition and drive are there, but it is too early now.”
Ruud van Nistelrooij gaat Roger Schmidt niet opvolgen en blijft bij zijn traject. pic.twitter.com/A2JAQFvEBj
— ESPN NL (@ESPNnl) February 7, 2022
It is stressed in the report that if Van Nistelrooy eventually decides to take the role, he will be assisted by a more experienced coach, which makes total sense.
Fred Rutten, who left Anderlecht in 2019, is the man linked with the assistant role.
Maybe one day he will be in the running for the big job at Old Trafford!