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Fred Rutten has been named as Feyenoord’s new head coach as of 1 July. The 51-year-old will sign a one-year contract at De Kuip in the foreseeable future. Rutten takes over from present incumbent Ronald Koeman, who a few weeks ago announced his intention to leave the club at the end of the season ‘after three great years’.
Technical director Martin van Geel is delighted to have reached a deal with the experienced coach. ‘As people know, we preferred to have an experienced top Dutch coach for the first team after Koeman. Given all the demands we make on a coach the list of names you can draw up is certainly not too long. So it’s great when you can reach agreement quickly with someone who is very high up the list. Fred Rutten is an experienced head coach who has demonstrated that he can improve players and often gets teams playing more attractive football. With that in mind, the club management agreed unanimously that he was the right man to take over from Koeman after a couple of good years.´
In the past, Rutten has worked as head coach of FC Twente, PSV, Schalke 04 and Vitesse. In 2008 he was named coach of the year. He says he is ‘exceptionally happy’ to have the opportunity to work at Feyenoord. ‘The club has obviously done fantastically under Ronald Koeman in recent years. After some lean years they have built something up in Rotterdam, from both a financial and sporting perspective. The broadly shared ambition to continue on the successful path can be seen and felt in everything. I would like to contribute to that and I know I can,’ says Rutten in his first and for the time being only response he will be giving to the news of his appointment. ‘The next few weeks are too important for Feyenoord to keep talking about me. I don’t want to get in the way of Ronald Koeman and the squad or affect their concentration in any way. For that reason I will stay in the shadows for the time being.’
Rutten says that he has a number of special memories of Feyenoord. ‘Of course I’ve been to De Kuip all too often as coach of the opponents. Every time you arrived you got that special feeling that you not only had to beat the Feyenoord players but also De Kuip with its unique atmosphere and incredibly loyal fans. Even then I regularly thought how fantastic it would be to be able to work for this club. I will be in that position soon and I’m really looking forward to it.’