PSV announce Phillip Cocu as their new coach and hold talks with Manchester City
After a disappointing season, in which they finished runners up in both domestic competitions, the winds of change are blowing through PSV. They confirmed today that Phillip Cocu will succeed Dick Advocaat as their new head coach, less than 24 hours after club captain Mark van Bommel confirmed his retirement from professional football.
It has been an open secret for some time that the former AZ, Vitesse, Barcelona and PSV midfielder would succeed De Kleine Generaal in the event of De Boeren not landing the league title. He will be assisted by Ernest Faber, once a contender for the post, and Chris van der Weerden, who themselves are both former PSV players. It won’t be the first time that Cocu has taken the reins at the club – he was caretaker coach last season and guided the club to the KNVB Beker with a 3-0 win over Heracles in De Kuip.
In other news, Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begitistain may be in the business of appointing a new manager in the near future but that has not prevented him from opening talks with his PSV counterpart Marcel Brands.
Voetbal International report that two discussions have taken place with a view to Manchester City sending young players on loan to PSV, in an arrangement similar to that Chelsea currently operate with Vitesse. However, Man City would also like to keep open the possibility of loaning their youngsters elsewhere. Any cooperation should begin this summer and PSV are believed to be interested in Man City’s young Dutch defender Karim Rekik, who has made his first team debut this season and spent some time on loan at Blackburn Rovers.