Robin van Persie rejected the opportunity to join Erik ten Hag’s backroom at Manchester United
This was when Ten Hag left Ajax Amsterdam and became the Red Devils in 2022. Rather than returning to his former haunt, Van Persie chose to carry on honing his skills with the Feyenoord young team.
In his quest to become a top coach, Robin van Persie has been drawing inspiration from Pep Guardiola’s brilliance. It is understandable that he wants to be ready before taking on the mantle at a senior level.
Van Persie, 40, has aspirations to one day manage in the Premier League. He was given access to Guardiola’s inner circle last season to watch in awe as the Catalan planned Manchester City’s successful pursuit of the Treble.
It has now been just two years since Van Persie kickstarted his stint as a coach. It would have been premature to expect him to make a telling difference at a club such as Manchester United off the bat.
Speaking on the issue, the Dutchman admitted that he is far from the best coach yet and that he is now settling into the role.
“I don’t see myself as one of the best coaches just yet. It was only two years back that I started on the path of being a coach and I do feel that I am doing well.
“Football tactics, working with physical trainers, with the assistants, everyone who have their own tasks on and off the pitch. I learn from that and then try to make that link to my own staff and team.”
Before moving on to the next phase of his post-playing career, Van Persie, who has 58 goals and 21 assists for United and helped us win our most recent league championship under Sir Alex Ferguson,. He now wants to complete his UEFA coaching qualifications and acquire his Pro Licence.
This season, Van Persie’s Feyenoord Under-19s club is participating in the Champions Youth League, and the man, who already enjoys a growing following in his native Holland, is beginning to win admirers from other countries.
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If they manage to put together a solid run in the competition, then there’s no doubt that several top clubs will view him with interest. Van Persie is doing a fantastic job of moulding the young generation and if they turn out to be half as good as he was as a player, we might be onto something.