Ruud Van Nistelrooy Quits as PSV Boss Months After Club Lost Gakpo, Madueke

Ruud Van Nistelrooy Quits as PSV Boss Months After Club Lost Gakpo, Madueke

Rene Otinga
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy has quit as PSV boss after just one season
  • The former Manchester United legend won two trophies with the Dutch giants in his first season
  • Only recently, van Nistelrooy subtly slammed the club over their alleged lack of support

Manchester United legend, Ruud van Nistelrooy has stepped down as manager of Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, despite a cup double this season.

Van Nistelrooy, who was appointed over the summer, won the KNVB Cup this season, as well as the Johann Cruyff Shield.

According to a statement released on the evening of Tuesday, May 23, the club and van Nistelrooy decided to part ways after "several discussions about internal affairs over the past few days".

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Ruud van Nistelrooij during the Dutch premier league match between PSV Eindhoven and SC Heerenveen at Phillips stadium on May 21, 2023 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Photo by ANP via Getty Images.
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"It was decided to keep the focus on next Sunday’s match against AZ in Alkmaar, with further talks to be held after the final day of the season," the statement said, as quoted on France24.

Van Nistelrooy's assistant manager Fred Rutten will see out the rest of the season with the Southern Dutch club.

'No support'- van Nistelrooy

There were signs that all was not well with van Nistelrooy and PSV when Chelsea initially made a move for Noni Madueke.

Since PSV were not playing in Europe this season, the club had unstable finances, and this made it easy for other giants to move for their superstars. PSV also lost Cody Gakpo to Liverpool.

As reported on, van Nistelrooy had previously lamented over a 'lack of support', but it remains unclear whether he was referring to the upcoming transfer window or the fact that he lost several superstars in January.

His departure is particularly shocking because it comes just as PSV prepare to take on AZ Alkmaar on Sunday in the penultimate game of the season.

As a player, van Nistelrooy played for PSV from 1998-2001, before making the switch to Manchester United.

He had a successful stint as a Red Devil, scoring 150 goals in 219 appearances, before moving to Real Madrid, Hamburg, and then Malaga.

PSV are 10 points behind league leaders Feyenoord, and will need to avoid defeat this weekend to make it to the Champions League qualification stages.

When Ruud halted Arsenal

Sports Brief also reported on how van Nistelrooy’s PSV ended Arsenal’s unbeaten run in October 2022.

In a game that Arsenal were expected to control, the complete opposite occurred. Mikel Arteta’s side was thoroughly dominated by the hosts in the Netherlands in the Europa League.

After a goalless first half in which Arsenal showed hints of fatigue, PSV turned up the style in the second period and their pressure eventually paid off.

The first goal came in the 55th minute, as Joey Veerman’s first-time effort from 16 yards found the back of the net.