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Gerets departs PSV Eindhoven

Monday 20th May 2002

Eric Gerets has left PSV Eindhoven after a below-par season when the club failed to secure a third straight Dutch title.

"Club president Harry van Raaij and Eric Gerets decided it was not worth the risk of continuing their association," read a PSV statement, amid reports that the pair had fallen out.

"As a consequence, Eric Gerets will leave his job at the end of the 2001-02 season," it added, failing to explain whether Gerets stepped down or was sacked.

The former Belgium captain and Club Bruges boss had been in line for a move "upstairs" at the end of the season, but regardless of his departure, the way now looks clear for assistant coach Erwin Koeman to take charge of the side.

In February, Gerets was linked with the Real Mallorca job, which remains vacant after Sergio Kresic was sacked two games before the end of the season.

Gerets, who guided PSV to successive titles after he took charge in the summer of 1999, ran into trouble at the start of 2001-02 when the side struggled to come to terms with the 19 million sale of Ruud van Nistelrooy.

That was compounded by elimination in the first round of the Champions' League, while in January it was reported that Gerets had lost the support of his squad.

PSV were knocked out of the Uefa Cup in the quarter-finals by Dutch rivals Feyenoord and finished second in the Eredivisie, five points adrift of champions Ajax.

NAC 2 - 2 PSV

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