Fred Rutten was fired Tuesday after three months as Anderlecht's trainer. The 56-year-old Dutchman was under fire in Brussels because of poor results.
Under Rutten, who succeeded the fired Hein Vanhaezebrouck in early January, Anderlecht performed poorly in recent weeks. 'Purple-White' made it difficult to make the play-offs and admitted fifteen points in the standings to league-leader KRC Genk, which played a game more.
The low point followed on Saturday, when the away match against Standard Luik was halted for a 2-0 deficit before halftime after Anderlecht fans repeatedly threw fireworks at the field.
"We are separating in the best understanding and with mutual respect. We wish Fred every success in his further career," says technical director Frank Arnesen on the Anderlecht site.
Anderlecht was the ninth club for Rutten
Rutten was in Brussels doing his ninth job as head coach. The one-time Oranje-international started his career as an independent coach at FC Twente in 1999 and returned there in 2006 after positions as head youth education and assistant trainer at PSV.
Subsequently, the former player of the Enschede team was also head coach at Schalke 04, PSV, Vitesse, Feyenoord, Al Shabab and Maccabi Haifa.
In 2001 Rutten conquered the KNVB cup with FC Twente by beating PSV in the final after penalties. In 2008 he was elected trainer of the year in the Eredivisie during his second period in Enschede.
The next game of Anderlecht without Rutten is Sunday next week, when KAA Gent comes to visit in Brussels. Another week later, a duel with Club Brugge follows.
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