Former Netherlands and Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has been appointed as the next incoming manager at Dutch Eredivisie outfit PSV Eindhoven.
The 46 year-old who hung up his boots in 2012, will take over from incumbent gaffer Roger Schmidt at the end of the current season in what is his first senior management role.
Nistelrooy who played for the Dutch giants, scored 62 goals in 67 matches before leaving in 2001 to join Old Trafford side Manchester United. After his playing career, he turned to coaching – first at U-19 and then U-21 level, both with PSV.
The Dutchman believes this is the right time to take the next step. “This is the right moment to take the next step,” Van Nistelrooy said in a statement via PSV Eindhoven’s official website.
It has been reported that Van Nistelrooy was being considered as a potential coach for Ajax Amsterdam if current boss Erik ten Hag becomes United manager this summer, although it is believed that former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is interested in the role.
Van Nistelrooy’s focus will be on winning the Dutch Eredivisie with PSV next season, though they still stand a chance to become league champions this term under Roger Schmidt as they are currently in second place behind Ten Hag’s Ajax Amsterdam.