PSV turn to Rutten

Dutch club PSV Eindhoven have named Fred Rutten its new coach for a period of three years to replace Huub Stevens, who stepped down in January. "It is a good feeling," the official club website quoted Rutten as saying.

The 46-year-old Dutchman was the coach of FC Twente from 2006 to 2008, then of German club Schalke 04, which he left in March after one season.

From 2002 to 2006, Rutten had worked at PSV as assistant coach to Guus Hiddink, current Chelsea boss and manager of the Russian national team. Under their combined guidance, PSV reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2005.

Rutten becomes the club's sixth coach in two years, taking over from caretaker coach Dwight Lodeweges, who had stood in for Stevens. Stevens stepped down after a series of poor results left the team struggling in fifth place in the Dutch league, 15 points adrift of leaders AZ Alkmaar.