PSV Eindhoven has confirmed the appointment of former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy as new manager in the run-up to their Europa Conference League match against Leicester City.
The announcement comes just over a week before the first leg of Leicester’s meeting with the Dutch side in the quarter-finals of the UEFA competition. The winners of the two-legged draw will play against Bodo/Glimt or AS Roma in the semi-finals of the competition.
Van Nistelrooy will not be at the helm against the Foxes, however, as he will start in the role from next season. PSV have been looking for a new manager after it was confirmed that current boss Roger Schmidt would be leaving at the end of the current season. The German coach has been in charge of the club since the summer of 2020.
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Van Nistelrooy is currently in charge of the club’s reserve squad, but will take up his first senior role at the end of the season. He played five years in the Premier League with Manchester United as a player, scoring 150 goals in 219 appearances for the club.
“It has always been my dream to become a head coach at PSV,” he told the club’s official website when announcing his appointment. “Over the past few seasons I have worked closely with Toon Gerbrands, the current general manager of PSV.
“I was convinced that I could pursue a professional coaching career and initially thought I needed another year to gain experience. But sometimes things go the way they do and you find out that life isn’t quite manageable. This is it right time to take the next step.”
The Dutch club will visit the King Power Stadium next week in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Europa Conference League. During the return leg, City will travel to the Netherlands a week later, as both teams aim to make it to the last four of the competition.