Ruud van Nistelrooy has announced his decision to step down as Netherlands assistant coach and take a coaching role with his former club PSV Eindhoven.

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nistelrooVan Nistelrooy was announced as part of the new set-up with the Netherlands national team when Guus Hiddink was announced as coach in 2014, and stayed on as assistant when Danny Blind took over. However the former striker has now decided to leave his role when his contract is up in July.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star will now join PSV as a coach with the U17, U19 and Jong PSV sides. Its a role he has done in the past unofficially, but he will now join the Eredivisie leaders on a full time basis.

In a statement on the KNVB official website, Van Nistelrooy wrote, “I have learned a lot in the past two years,”

“Not only at the 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 in the Dutch team.

“In my time as international player I’ve worked with the technical staff and I never realised how much time and effort this asked.

“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.”

Netherlands boss Danny Blind will now be on the lookout for a new assistant for when the World Cup qualifiers begin later this year.

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