Van Nistelrooy left PSV before the main game of the season. The club weaves intrigues behind the technician’s back
Nikita Paglazov May 25, 2023 18:15 MSK Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
The legendary striker led the Eindhoven team to two titles, but there were two camps within the team.
Ruud van Nistelrooy has resigned as head coach of PSV Eindhoven. On Tuesday evening, the specialist had a meeting with the board, in which the parties agreed that the coach would finish before the end of the season (there was only one day left in the Eredivisie). However, Ruud left PSV the next day. According to a statement on Eindhovens’ official website, van Nistelrooy felt that the club did not provide him with enough support.
“On Tuesday, Rude came to me, we had a conversation. We agreed that the three of us would talk to the team and concentrate on preparing for the next game. On Wednesday morning, Rude came to me and informed me that he would be leaving immediately, then informed the players and staff about this. Rud said that he lacked support,” PSV manager Ernest Stewart said.
Ruud van Nistelrooy resigns
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The acting role will be taken over by a member of the coaching staff: Fred Rutten. “PSV regrets van Nistelrooy’s decision, thanks him for winning the Dutch Cup and hopes to end the season in second place,” PSV said in a statement. Why did the legendary Dutch striker freak out and abruptly leave the team?
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One of the leading Dutch newspapers, De Telegraaf, shared interesting information earlier. It turns out that the PSV leadership, behind van Nistelrooy’s back, held meetings with the players to evaluate the coach’s work. Some of the players admitted that Rude stubbornly used tactics they didn’t like. And the coaching staff in the person of Andre Oyer and Fred Rutten were dissatisfied with the way van Nistelrooy communicated with them. He, in turn, considered such talks behind his back unacceptable, which is why he left PSV. But some of the club’s players were upset that van Nistelrooy was leaving. One of PSV’s best players of the season, Javi Simons, posted on social media: “Thank you for making me a better player, helping me realize my dreams and getting me called up to the Netherlands national team. I am eternally grateful to you. Good luck in the future, sir.”
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Van Nistelrooy took charge of PSV Eindhoven in June 2022, replacing Roger Schmidt. Previously, he worked for several years in various youth and junior teams, as well as an assistant in the national team. Under the management of van Nistelrooy, PSV won the Super Cup and the Dutch Cup (in both cases they beat Ajax). The match in the Super Bowl was especially epic: it ended with a score of 5:3. In the Cup final, PSV won on penalties – 3:2 (1:1 – regular time and overtime). After the game, Van Nistelrooy was happy, dancing in the locker room with the players, and there was no talk of any tension.
With one day to go in the Dutch championship, PSV is in second place, which gives them the right to qualify for the Champions League. Eindhoven is three points ahead of Ajax. But in the last match, PSV will face a serious opponent – AZ Alkmaar. If the Eindhoven club loses and Ajax wins, the team risks flying past the Champions League. A major shakeup before a big game is not the best news for the PSV bosses.
Van Nistelrooy has established himself as a good specialist with his work in Eindhoven. Another issue is the impulsive decision to leave the club before a key game. It could reflect negatively on Roode’s resume. Now the main intrigue: Will PSV be able to stay in the Champions League zone without van Nistelrooy?
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