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Fred Rutten formally signed his contract as head coach of Feyenoord on Tuesday morning. The 51-year-old put his signature to a twelve-month deal in one of the Business Units at De Kuip, succeeding Ronald Koeman as Feyenoord boss. After the ceremony Rutten met his new colleagues.
General manager Eric Gudde and technical manager Martin van Geel both said they were supremely confident that the new head coach’s tenure at the club would be a successful one. Rutten himself confirmed that he was already looking forward to the new season. ‘As soon as I said yes to Feyenoord I felt like I belonged to the club. That has been formalised now I have signed. I am a happy man.’
Rutten admitted that he had been following Feyenoord closely at the back end of the season and was ‘very glad, of course’ with the second-place finish. ‘It means we have a number of important European matches right at the start of the new season. Over the past year Feyenoord have shown they have a good squad. Of course, we have to wait and see how the squad is at the start of the new season, but at the moment I will enter the new season full of confidence.’
Rutten took a year off after leaving Vitesse in the summer of 2013. ‘I used that year to invest more time in my social life and I also took a step back from football. I noticed only after the winter break that I started to get into football more. So Feyenoord called at the right time. When Feyenoord call you don’t say no. It is a club with a great history, a fabulous stadium and fantastic supporters, as well as very ambitious management. So I’m really looking forward to getting started here.’