Fred Rotten has revealed that he turned down an offer to become one of Eric ten Hag’s assistants at Manchester United.
Rutten, 59, a former Dutch midfielder who has run a string of clubs over the past 20 years or so, including Twente, Schalke 04, PSV Eindhoven, Vetese and Feyenoord, has preferred to stay in his native Netherlands to be close to his family.
Rotten is set to return to Eindhoven, where he has been lined up as an assistant to Ruud van Nistelrooy, who will take over as club manager next season.
“Eric Ten Hag asked me to be his assistant at Manchester United, so I said no,” Rotten told Dutch television. “Everyone makes their own choices in life. I have a family and I have grandchildren that I want to see. This kind of project, I felt uncomfortable with it.”
He added: “At Manchester United You get on a train and you can’t get off. I want to feel comfortable in something you’re stepping into. This is the case with Eindhoven. It’s nice to have grandchildren, whom you see now and then who can play with.”
Sen Hag, who will take over at United in the summer after finishing the season with Ajax, will bring some of his staff to Old Trafford. They are expected to include Ajax assistant Mitchell van der Gagg, while Steve McClaren has also been linked with a return to his former club.