Fred Rutten

Fredericus Jacobus Rutten ( born December 5, 1962 in Wijchen ) is a former Dutch football player and current football coach.

Playing career

Rutten began his career at Alverna Wijchen. In 1978 he moved to FC Twente Enschede. On April 13, 1980 he played his first game in the Eredivisie against Vitesse Arnhem. On November 16, 1988 Rutten completed his only game for the Dutch national football team. In the game against Italy, the Netherlands, he came off the bench. In 1992, he had to end his career because of a hip injury.

Since Rutten was known for its safe and serene style of play, he was in the Netherlands, the nickname given to " The door lock of Enschede ."

Coaching career

From 1993, Rutten worked as an assistant coach of Twente, Enschede. From November 1995 to January 1996 he served as interim coach training the team. After the appointment of Hans Meyer as the new coach, he was an assistant coach again. After Meyer moved to Borussia Mönchengladbach in September 1999, Rutten became the new head coach. In the 2000 /01 season he won the KNVB Cup with Twente Enschede. In summer 2001, Rutten left after 23 years of Twente and was youth coordinator at PSV Eindhoven.

After Guus Hiddink Eric Gerets replaced in the summer of 2002 as coach of PSV Eindhoven, Rutten was assistant coach of the first team.

2003, 2004 and 2006 Rutten was with PSV Eindhoven Dutch masters and in 2005 reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. After four years as an assistant coach at PSV Eindhoven Rutten moved in 2006 back to Twente Enschede, where he became a coach and technical director. There he won in 2006 with Twente in the UEFA Intertoto Cup and participated in the UEFA Cup. In the 2007 /08 season Twente finished in fourth place in the table. After NAC Breda and Ajax were defeated in the play- offs to Twente qualified for the qualifying round of the Champions League. Fred Rutten has been selected then the Dutch coach of the year.

On 1 July 2008 he took over as coach at FC Schalke 04 He signed a two year contract there. 26 March 2009 Rutten was on leave from Schalke 04 with immediate effect.

Only three weeks later, the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven announced that Rutten will take over as coach on 1 July 2009. On 12 March 2012, he was dismissed from Eindhoven.

On 1 July 2012, the Dutch first division club Vitesse Arnhem announced the commitment Rutten as head coach. Vitesse Arnhem he reached the fourth place, thus qualifying for the UEFA Europa League 2013/14 in the 2012/13 season. On May 18, 2013 Rutten announced that he will not extend his contract expiring at the end of the season. For the 2014/15 season he will succeed Ronald Koeman at Feyenoord.