Brands keeps faith in Rutten

PSV are third in the table but cannot move above both leaders FC

Twente and Ajax as they meet on the final day of the season. It

means PSV’s aim of regaining the domestic crown they last won in

2008 has not been realised, but Brands remains confident Rutten is

still the man to bring success back to the club. “He has a contract

for another season and I see no reason to prematurely terminate

it,” said Brands, who was quick to point to a refereeing decision

which saw them lose to Feyenoord on April 24, a defeat which

effectively ended their challenge. “Should we judge Fred Rutten on

the fact Orlando Engelaar received an unjustified red card against

Feyenoord,” he added in the AD Sportwereld newspaper. “PSV competed

for the title right to the end and got to the quarter-finals of the

Champions League.” PSV may yet miss out on a place in the Champions

League qualification places for next season but even that scenario

would not prompt the club to act, according to Brands. “I’m not

someone anyone decides a coach’s future based on one game,” he

said. PSV go to FC Groningen on the final day. They are three

points behind Twente and two adrift of second-placed Ajax, who

clash in Amsterdam.