Fred Rutten will not be the coach of Vitesse next season. After discussions with club president Merab Jordania and technical director Ted van Leeuwen, the coach announced on Saturday afternoon that he will not agree to contract extension and has left the club.
Rutten spent only one season in charge of the Arnhem club and led them to fourth place in the league and qualification for Europa League football.
Explaining the reasons behind the departure, Rutten told Vitesse.nl: “There is no conflict between me and the owner. We exchange simple conversations, but it appears that our visions are far apart for the future of this club.”
“I’ve had a great year in which not only did we achieve the target of European football, but we also challenged for the title. For myself, it was an interesting experience, an experience I positively look back on, because you fully enjoy working with a serious group of players who were willing to work for you. I thank Vitesse for the opportunity and the fans for the support throughout my time here.”
In turn, Vitesse thanked the coach for the past year: “Together with his staff, Fred Rutten brought the club to a higher level with his methodical approach. We wish him every success in his future.”
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