Erik ten Hag’s former superior Fred Rutten has revealed that he has turned down the opportunity to join the new Manchester United manager at Old Trafford next term.
Ten Hag will officially take charge of the 20-time English champions at the end of the season, at which point Ralf Rangnick will move upstairs into a consultancy role and juggle that job with Austria coach duties.
The 52-year-old will oversee significant changes in playing and staff personnel at the Theatre of Dreams and is believed to already be in the process of formulating his coaching team.
Ten Hag enjoys a strong relationship with 59-year-old Rutten, having served as his assistant for two years at FC Twente before doing so again at PSV Eindhoven between 2009 and 2012.
The current Ajax manager was Rutten’s number two for 142 matches at PSV before moving into his first managerial job with Go Ahead Eagles and was keen to reunite with the Dutchman in Manchester.
However, Rutten has now revealed that he has rejected the chance to work under Ten Hag’s wing at Man United and will instead join Ruud van Nistelrooy’s new-look PSV in order to be closer to his family.
“I have a family, I have grandchildren. I want to see them every now and then,’ Rutten told ESPN, as quoted by Metro. “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 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.
“I 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.”
Rutten will leave the supervisory board at NEC Nijmegen to join PSV, where Van Nistelrooy is taking the reins from Benfica-bound Roger Schmidt.
The 59-year-old’s managerial career has also seen him take charge of Schalke, PSV, Vitesse, Feyenoord, Al-Shabab, Maccabi Haifa and most recently Anderlecht, winning one KNVB-Beker title with Twente in 2001.
However, Ten Hag is still expected to bring current assistant Mitchell van der Gaag with him to the Premier League, while Steve McClaren is also thought to be in line to join the coaching team.