PSV assistant coach Ernest Faber is to leave his post at the end of this season when his contract expires, the club have announced.

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ernest fThe former defender holds ambitions to become a head coach in his own right and doesn’t see that happening anytime soon in Eindhoven, with Phillip Cocu currently doing a fine job at the Philips Stadion helm.

“Ernest is ready for this step in his career. We therefore support his ambition and wish him good luck,” read a statement from PSV technical director Marcel Brands.

Meanwhile, 43-year-old Faber took time out in order to explain his decision to the club’s dedicated television channel.

“I want to develop further. That is a very natural process and I’m ready for this step,” Faber told PSV TV.

“At the time I joined, I made a conscious choice to take the assistant role.

“Now I again make a conscious choice. But, my full attention remains on the current season with PSV, where we can create something very beautiful.

“That takes top priority, then I will see where my future lies afterwards.”

Faber spent a short spell covering for his boss last term when Cocu underwent surgery on his back, having been in the position of assistant since the spring of 2012.

The Eredivisie league leaders host Russian outfit Zenit St. Petersburg on Thursday in the Europa League last 32, prior to a tricky away trip to face the same opponents in the second leg a week later.