Rutten turns down his role as one of ten Hags assistants at United

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Fred Rutten has revealed he has turned down an offer to become one of Erik ten Hag’s assistants at Manchester United.

Rutten, 59, a former Dutch midfielder who has managed a number of clubs over the past 20 years including Twente, Schalke, PSV Eindhoven, Vitesse and Feyenoord, preferred to remain in his native Netherlands to be close to his family be.

Rutten is expected to return to PSV, where he was hired as an assistant to Ruud Van Nistelrooy, who will take charge of the club next season.

“Erik ten Hag asked me to become his assistant at Manchester United, I said no,” Rutten told Dutch television. “Everyone makes their own decisions in life. I have a family, I have grandchildren that I want to see. I felt uncomfortable with this type of project.”

He added: “At Manchester United you get on a train and you can’t get off. I want to feel comfortable in something you step into. That is the case with PSV. It’s nice to have grandkids that you see every now and then and play ball with.”

Ten Hag, who will take over at United in the summer after completing the season at Ajax, will bring some of his own staff to Old Trafford. These are expected to include Mitchell van der Gaag, his assistant at Ajax, while Steve McClaren is also being linked with a return to his former club.

– Guardian

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