Obviously all the talk of the past week has been surrounding the sacking of Fred "no tactics" Rutten after a string of bad results. It ends his almost 3 season run with the club where he failed to win one piece of silverware, get us in the UCL and spent 28m euros on players this season only to see us perform worse in the league than we did last season.
Guus Hiddink once said that Fred Rutten was the only man that could replace him after his departure at the end of the 2005/6 season. Oh how he was wrong.
Im sure Guus will be happy with the direction the club has gone in appointing the new interim coaching staff. Phillip Cocu will take over as head coach while Ernest Faber will be his assistant at least until the end of the season.
Phillip Cocu needs no introduction. A true legend and one of the best PSV and Dutch player of all time. Born and bred in Eindhoven he is as much of a symbol of the club as Guus Hiddink.
His playing career is known to all but what about his managerial skills? At 41 hes still a very young man to take over the reins at PSV and is also hugely inexperienced. Has been an assistant manager in Oranje since Bert took over in 2008. Also started coaching in PSV's youth teams in 2008 and got promoted to a full time assistant coach after Stevens sacking in 2009.
Ernest Faber, the second half of the dynamic duo. Spent 12 seasons as a PSV player instantly making him a cult hero.
Also at 40 years old is a very young up and coming manager but is vastly more experienced than Cocu and therefore the confusion as to why he isnt the head coach and Cocu his assistant. The only reason i can think of is that Phillip is more of a symbol of the club.
Started coaching in PSV's youth teams in 2005 after which he spent 2 seasons as an assistant coach at FC Eindhoven. He returned to PSV briefly in 2008-9 where he coach the A1 side but took off to FC Eindhoven once again in 2010 when he was offered the head coaching job there. In his two seasons he has taken the club from a relegation contender to a playoffs contender and most recently to 3rd spot in the Eerste Divisie until he signed a 2 year deal with PSV yesterday. Also van Marwijk's other assistant since 2010 when De Boer quit to take up the Ajax job.
With two up and coming coaches what lies next for PSV this season? 9 Eredivisie games, a cup semi final and a EL R016 second leg await. Surely a league title is out of reach but then again De Boer won it with Ajax last season in similar circumstances.
One thing is for sure, the fans of PSV have gotten their wish!