Burnley in talks with ex-Man United star Ruud Van Nistelrooy

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Burnley have engaged in discussions with former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy as they seek to fill their managerial vacancy.

The Clarets were relegated to the Championship last season and witnessed manager Vincent Kompany depart to join Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in May.

According to BBC Sport, Dutchman Van Nistelrooy, along with former England internationals Frank Lampard and Scott Parker, has been in talks with Burnley. Craig Bellamy, the former Wales international, is currently serving as the acting head coach.

Reports from the Netherlands suggest that 47-year-old Van Nistelrooy is nearing an agreement on a multi-year deal, although an official announcement regarding the club’s decision is not anticipated this week.

His sole previous experience in senior management occurred when he guided PSV Eindhoven to a second-place finish in the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup success in 2022-23.

Van Nistelrooy arrived at Manchester United from PSV in 2001 and netted 95 goals in 150 Premier League appearances before moving to Real Madrid in 2006.

In other news, Burnley has appointed Henrik Jansen as their assistant first-team coach. The 39-year-old Dane joins from Swedish side Kalmar FF and has previously held managerial positions at Danish women’s team Fortuna Hjorring, as well as IFK Norrkpping, Linkopings FC, and Midtjylland.

“It just felt like a good fit after good conversations. It just felt like we fit together,” Jansen said.

“I’ve followed this amazing, historic club. The playing style, the facilities and Turf Moor… I’ve seen matches and the atmosphere just seems amazing.

“To go out on that pitch is going to make me extremely proud.”