Rutten, however, preferred a return to PSV. He will be assistant to the new head coach Ruud van Nistelrooij next season. Rutten, who was head coach of PSV, Feyenoord, Vitesse and FC Twente, among others, wants to stay close to his family.

“If you get on such a train and you sit there, that train never stops,” he said about the possibility of going to Manchester with Ten Hag. “Everyone makes their own choices in life and so did I. I have a family and grandchildren. It’s really nice to see that grandpa once in a while to kick a ball with you.” Rutten and Ten Hag previously worked together at FC Twente and PSV. Then Rutten was the head coach and Ten Hag his assistant.

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Rutten did enter into talks with Ten Hag about the possibility of assisting him in Manchester, but ultimately declined the offer. According to Van Nistelrooij, he managed to “trigger” him to start working for PSV. “We talked in my room for 1.5 or 2 hours. Not just about football. There are also other things in life. Ruud has triggered me in that.”

PSV announced at the end of March that Van Nistelrooij and Rutten will be for the group next season. A few weeks later, Manchester United confirmed the long-standing speculation that Ten Hag will come over from Ajax next summer. It is not yet known who his assistants will be. Mitchell van der Gaag, Robin van Persie and the Englishman Steve McClaren are mentioned, among others. Van der Gaag is already assistant to Ten Hag at Ajax, Van Persie (ex-United) works in the youth academy of Feyenoord.


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