René Meulensteen

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René Meulensteen
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Meulensteen in 2011
Personal information
Full name Reinhard Jozef Petrus Meulensteen[1]
Date of birth (1964-03-25) 25 March 1964 (age 54)[1]
Place of birth Beugen, Netherlands[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
VIOS '38
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1983 VIOS '38
1983–1988 RKVV Volharding
1988–1989 VIOS '38
1989–1991 De Treffers
1991–1993 N.E.C. (reserves)
Teams managed
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 (first-team coach)
2013 Anzhi Makhachkala (assistant)
2013 Anzhi Makhachkala (interim)
2013–2014 Fulham
2016–2017 Maccabi Haifa
2017–2018 Kerala Blasters
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Reinhard Jozef Petrus Meulensteen (born 25 March 1964) is a Dutch former footballer and coach who last coached for Indian club Kerala Blasters.[2] He spent the early parts of his career working in the Netherlands before taking up managerial roles with the Qatari youth team, as well as clubs Al-Ittihad and Al-Sadd. He then spent 12 years, split either side of a year stint at Brøndby, with Premier League side Manchester United in various non-managerial capacities. Following his departure from the club in 2013, Meulensteen was in charge for short spells at Anzhi Makhachkala, Fulham and Maccabi Haifa.

Managerial career[edit]

Early career[edit]

While still playing, Meulensteen became a youth coach at NEC Nijmegen.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

On 1 July 2013, Meulensteen signed a contract with FC Anzhi Makhachkala joining Guus Hiddink as an assistant coach.[7] Hiddink left Anzhi after only two games into the 2013–14 Russian Premier League season, allowing Meulensteen to step up to head coach.[8] After 16 days in charge, Meulensteen was sacked and replaced by Gadzhi Gadzhiyev.[9]

Fulham[edit]

Meulensteen returned to England in November 2013 to take up the position of head coach under Martin Jol at Fulham.[10] Less than three weeks later, Jol was sacked by Fulham after five consecutive league defeats, with Meulensteen taking over as manager.[11] 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.[12]

In November 2014, he was hired as a consultant by the Philadelphia Union from Major League Soccer.[13]

Maccabi Haifa[edit]

On 9 August 2016, Meulensteen was presented as head coach by Maccabi Haifa [14] from Israeli Premier League. His appointment lasted just over six months, and then resigned as head coach on 13 February 2017.[15]

Kerala Blasters[edit]

On 14 July 2017, Meulensteen was appointed as head coach of Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters.[16] The club parted ways with Meulensteen after poor start of the season. He resigned as head coach on 2 January 2018.[17]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 07 January 2018
Team From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Qatar U18s unknown
Al-Ittihad 1 July 1999 30 June 2000 16 5 8 3 031.25
Al Saad unknown
Brøndby[18] 1 July 2006 17 January 2007 19 7 5 7 036.84
Anzhi Makhachkala 22 July 2013 7 August 2013 2 0 1 1 000.00
Fulham 1 December 2013 14 February 2014 17 4 4 9 023.53
Maccabi Haifa 9 August 2016 13 February 2017 23 7 8 8 030.43
Kerala Blasters 14 July 2017 2 January 2018 7 1 4 2 014.29
Total 84 24 30 30 028.57

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Meulensteen: Reinhard Jozef Petrus Meulensteen: Manager". BDFutbol. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Over Rene Meulensteen" [About Rene Meulensteen]. Voetbal Academie Brabant (in Dutch). Retrieved 16 July 2018. 
  3. ^ (in Danish) We need to f... get there, Brondby, September 8, 2006
  4. ^ (in Danish) René Meulensteen ny cheftræner i Brøndby IF, Brondby, 6 June 2006
  5. ^ Sir Alex names new assistant, Manchester United, 3 September 2008
  6. ^ "Club confirms Rene exit". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  7. ^ УКРЕПЛЕНИЕ ТРЕНЕРСКОГО ШТАБА, Официальный сайт ФК «Анжи»
  8. ^ Hiddink Resigns as Anzhi Coach | Football | R-Sport. All the top sports news
  9. ^ "René Meulensteen shown door at Anzhi Makhachkala after 16 days as coach". Guardian. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Rene Meulensteen joins Fulham as new head coach". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Rene Meulensteen replaces sacked Martin Jol at Fulham". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 1 December 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Rene Meulensteen, Ray Wilkins and Alan Curbishley exit Fulham". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/11/14/philadelphia-union-add-former-manchester-united-assistant-coach-rene-meulens
  14. ^ "רנה מולנסטיין מונה למאמן מכבי חיפה". mhaifafc.com (in Hebrew). Maccabi Haifa FC. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "Meulensteen leaves Maccabi Haifa". Football Oranje. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  16. ^ Bharali, Abhijit (14 July 2017). "ISL 2017: Kerala Blasters name Rene Meulensteen as head coach". sportskeeda. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 
  17. ^ "Kerala Blasters coach Rene Meulensteen steps down". New Indian Express. January 2, 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018. 
  18. ^ "Superliga 2006/2007 Results & Historical Odds, Soccer Denmark Archive". Retrieved 25 December 2015. 

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