Former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy says he is ready for his new role at PSV after he left his position as assistant manager of Netherlands to handle the club’s youth sides.
Nistelrooy will not be a part of his country’s 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) will need to get coach Danny Blind a new assistant as the Netherland’s look to rebuild their squad after their shock failure to reach Euro 2016.
Nistelrooy will coach PSV’s Under-17, Under-19 and reserve sides – something he has previously done on an informal basis.
“I have learned a lot in the past two years,” Van Nistelrooy said in a statement on the KNVB’ official website. “Not only at the [UEFA] trainer course, but also on the pitch with PSV Under-17s and reserves. And how beautiful it is as a coach starting out to be involved with the Dutch team.
“In my time as an international player I’ve worked with the technical staff and I never realised how much time and effort this required.
“For my development as a coach this was a valuable experience. I will always keep in mind the fantastic way of working together with the players and staff. I’m grateful to the KNVB that they gave me this chance.”