René Meulensteen

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René Meulensteen
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Meulensteen in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-03-25) 25 March 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Beugen, Netherlands
Teams managed
Years Team
1990–1993 NEC Nijmegen (youth)
1993–1999 Qatar U18
1999–2000 Al-Ittihad
2000–2001 Al-Sadd
2001–2006 Manchester United (youth)
2005–2006 Manchester United (reserves)
2006–2007 Brøndby
2007–2013 Manchester United (assistant)
2013 Anzhi Makhachkala (assistant)
2013 Anzhi Makhachkala
2013–2014 Fulham

René Meulensteen (born 25 March 1964) is a Dutch football manager who is currently a consultant for Philadelphia Union.

He has worked at Manchester United in a variety of functions, and had brief spells as manager of Brøndby in Denmark, Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia and Fulham in England.

Managerial career[edit]

Early career[edit]

While still playing, Meulensteen became a youth coach at NEC Nijmegen.[1]

In June 2006, he signed a three-year contract with Danish club Brøndby IF to become manager of the club, but resigned after six months.[2]

On 18 January 2007, Meulensteen rejoined Manchester United as technical skills development coach mainly to work with the first team. After the departure in July 2008 of their assistant manager, Carlos Queiroz to Portugal as their national team manager, Meulensteen took over as first team coach, with Mike Phelan being promoted to assistant manager. Both assumed their new roles on 13 August 2008.[3]

During his time as first-team coach, he helped Sir Alex Ferguson secure the Premier League title in 2008–09, 2010–11 and 2012–13; the Community Shield in 2008, 2010, 2011, the League Cup in 2008–09 and 2009–10; the UEFA Champions League in 2007–08 and FIFA Club World Cup in 2008.

Manchester United confirmed his departure from the club on 26 June 2013, after incoming manager David Moyes decided to bring in his own coaching team.[4]

On 1 July 2013, Meulensteen signed a contract with FC Anzhi Makhachkala joining Guus Hiddink as an assistant coach.[5] Hiddink left Anzhi after only two games into the 2013–14 Russian Premier League season, allowing Meulensteen to step up to head coach.[6] After 16 days in charge, Meulensteen was sacked and replaced by Gadzhi Gadzhiyev.[7]


Meulensteen returned to England in November 2013 to take up the position of head coach under Martin Jol at Fulham.[8] Less than three weeks later, Jol was sacked by Fulham after five consecutive league defeats, with Meulensteen taking over as manager.[9] His first match as Fulham manager was a 2–1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on 4 December, where Ashkan Dejagah scored the only goal for Meulensteen's side. Fulham won their first match under Meulensteen days later on 8 December, beating Aston Villa 2–0 with goals from Steve Sidwell and Dimitar Berbatov. On 14 February 2014, Fulham hired Felix Magath to replace Meulensteen as manager, cancelling Meulensteen's contract four days later.[10]

In November 2014, he was hired as a consultant by the Philadelphia Union.[11]


  1. ^ (Danish) We need to f... get there, Brondby, September 8, 2006
  2. ^ (Danish) René Meulensteen ny cheftræner i Brøndby IF, Brondby, 6 June 2006
  3. ^ Sir Alex names new assistant, Manchester United, 3 September 2008
  4. ^ "Club confirms Rene exit". (Manchester United). 26 June 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  5. ^ УКРЕПЛЕНИЕ ТРЕНЕРСКОГО ШТАБА, Официальный сайт ФК «Анжи»
  6. ^ Hiddink Resigns as Anzhi Coach | Football | R-Sport. All the top sports news
  7. ^ "René Meulensteen shown door at Anzhi Makhachkala after 16 days as coach". Guardian. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rene Meulensteen joins Fulham as new head coach". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Rene Meulensteen replaces sacked Martin Jol at Fulham". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 1 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Rene Meulensteen, Ray Wilkins and Alan Curbishley exit Fulham". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 18 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
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