Manchester United has hit another snag in its efforts to assemble a coaching staff for the 2022/23 football season.
Erik Ten Hag has been named as a permanent member of the Red Devils, effective at the end of this season. However, Fred Rutten, the Dutchman’s assistant, has declined the chance to come to Old Trafford. On Sunday, May 8th, 2022, Mirror Football verified the news on its official website.
Fred said in the interview that he declined Ten Hag’s offer to join him in Manchester, preferring instead to join the coaching staff of new PSV manager and former Red Devils striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.
I have a family, I have grandchildren. I want to see them every now and then. At Manchester United you get on a train and you can’t get off it. I want to feel comfortable in something you step into. That is the case with PSV. It’s nice when you have grandchildren, who you see every now and then and who you can play ball with. Of course I spoke extensively with Ruud van Nistelrooy. He triggered me to give up the slightly freer life that I now have. He sat in the room with me and we talked for two hours about football and other things. And when talking about those other things in life, he also triggered me. think Ruud already has some experience, he has already trained a number of teams, at Jong PSV and their under-18s. He has also acquired experience from the Dutch national team. Ruud is ready, that’s what it seems to me. I am positively critical. For me, PSV stands for a Champions League club. Everything you do should serve that thought.
Manchester United supporters will be hoping that Ten Hag’s hiring will lead to the recruitment of another assistant capable of working alongside him to turn the club’s fortunes around.