Ruud van Nistelrooy leaves PSV four days before season finale

NewsRuud van Nistelrooy leaves PSV four days before season finale

Ruud van Nistelrooy has decided to end his tenure at PSV Eindhoven with an immediate effect, the Eredivisie club announced on Wednesday.

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  • PSV in heavy battle for 2nd place

What is the news?

Just four days before the final match of the season, Ruud van Nistelrooy has decided to leave PSV Eindhoven. His assistant Fred Rutten will be responsible for coaching the team on the final day of the season against AZ Alkmaar. Van Nistelrooy was in his first season with PSV after coaching their reserve team for the past two seasons.

The backstory

Van Nistelrooy had been under pressure for quite some time at PSV, as the former striker of Manchester United and Real Madrid had been receiving criticism for his playing style and team results. Despite the criticism, PSV is currently in second place in the Eredivisie and managed to win the Dutch Cup against Ajax.  In the past couple of days it has also been made public that the players had lost faith in Van Nistelrooy and that news has apparantly pushed the coach over the edge at the Dutch club.

What next?

As written above, assistant coach Fred Rutten will be taking control over the first team for the final game of the season. PSV will face AZ as they are trying to hold on to second place ahead of Ajax in the Eredivisie. A win in Alkmaar will secure second place, but a loss could see them dropping into third place if the results go against them. Meanwhile, AZ could be jumping into third if they beat PSV and Ajax loses against FC Twente.

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