Dutch coach Fred Rutten has disclosed that he turned down the opportunity to work as Erik ten Hag’s assistant manager at Manchester United.
Ten Hag was named as the replacement to interim manager Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford last month and will formally take over in the coming weeks.
The current Ajax manager is putting together his backroom staff, but he was unable to convince Rutten to join him at Manchester United.
Instead, Rutten will join Ruud van Nistelrooy at PSV Eindhoven, one of numerous previous teams.
“Erik ten Hag has asked me to be his assistant at Manchester United,” Rotten said. “I said no.
“Everyone makes his own choices in life. I have a family, and I have grandchildren that I want to see. This type of project, I felt uncomfortable with it.”
Rutten, who employed Ten Hag as his assistant at both Twente and PSV Eindhoven, added:
“At Manchester United, you get on a train and you can’t get off it. I want to feel comfortable in something you step into. That is the case with PSV.
“It’s nice when you have grandchildren, who you see every now and then and who can play ball with.”