Fred Rutten, the Dutch football coach, has been appointed as the new coach of Anderlecht on 6 January.
Less than one month after Hans Vanhaezebrouck got sacked, RSC Anderlecht has found a new coach. The Mauves will be under the direction of Fred Rutten.
“We engage in a partnership with Rutten in order to get big successes this season and the upcoming seasons,” Michael Verschueren, RSCA sports director, stated after the parties agreed on a contract. It is a permanent contract, which means the RSCA staff aims to collaborate with Mr. Rutten on a long-term perspective.
“Being hired by a great club like Anderlecht, at the top of the Belgian football, is a great honour to me,” Mr. Rutten said in a press conference on Monday.
Mr Vanhaezebrouck’s successor has been a big deal over the last days. Several candidates had been considered, and Mr Rutten wasn’t the first option.
“A friend told me the first choice is never the chosen one,” the new RSCA coach added. Frank de Boer and Phillip Cocu were, for instance, mentioned before.
Fred Rutten has already coached several famous teams. He was indeed in charge of PSV Eindhoven, Schalke 04 and Feyenoord Rotterdam in the 2000’s and 2010’s. The last team he managed was Maccabi Haïfa, in Israel.
It is now up to him to try to make the situation better. Anderlecht is ranked 5th in the Belgian championship today.