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An era has come to an end

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Three league titles, one KNVB Cup, two Dutch Super Cups and a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages. After having been at the helm as head coach at PSV for five seasons, Phillip Cocu is ready for a new challenge. A very successful era has come to an end.



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Cameras were flashing in the pressroom of the Philips Stadion when Phillip Cocu put pen to paper on a contract as head coach of PSV. He was finally the man in charge of the first team after having gained experience as a player, assistant coach and youth coach.




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One year before, as caretaker manager, Phillip Cocu had already won his first prize: the KNVB Beker. one month after he had replaced head coach Fred Rutten. Cocu, however, did not become head coach of PSV, at his own request, but rather learnt the ropes as coach of PSV U19.

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Phillip Cocu made his debut as head coach of PSV against Zulte Waregem. He guided his young team, average age of 21 year and 147 days, to a comprehensive win over the Belgians, securing a spot in the European campaign. It was the dawn of a new era.



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Cocu’s youngsters soon found out what it means to play at the highest level and they reached a low when they were thrashed 6-2 by Vitesse in the Philip Stadion. Fans consoled the players as the board backed their manager.

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It proved to be a decision that no one would ever regret. PSV returned to winning ways, recording ten wins in a row since January 2014 , but there also anxiety when Phillip Cocu was diagnosed with cancer in his shoulder.

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But Phillip Cocu recovered and PSV were a fighting machine with more or less the same squad as in his debut season. A few players were signed to bolster the squad. PSV were unstoppable and already had 43 points from 17 games, 20 more than in the previous season.

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PSV marched on in the second half of the campaign and Phillip Cocu celebrated having won his first Eredivisie title in the spring of 2015. He was the first head coach of PSV who guided them to the title in seven seasons. Moreover, his side set a new club record with 88 points from 34 games.

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Phillip Cocu was even more successful in his third season in charge of PSV. PSV reached the UEFA Champions League knockout stages as the first Dutch club in ten seasons. They put in solid and mature displays beating off competition from Manchester United and CSKA Moscow in the group stage.

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Exactly five months later, Phillip Cocu won his second consecutive league title at the expense of Ajax on a thrilling final match day of the season. For weeks on end, Cocu had always maintained that PSV would clinch the title after all and he was right.

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Dark clouds hovered above the Philips Stadion more than a year later when PSV got off with a disastrous start to the new campaign. Osijek were the better team in the Europa League qualifying round and Cocu’s successful formula seemed to have stopped working.

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Phillip Cocu, though, made sure his approach stayed fresh and his tactical plan worked miracles again. Losing games was never an option for his side and after a fantastic 3-0 win over Ajax on a memorable afternoon in the Philips Stadion, PSV’s head coach lifted the title trophy for the third time, a fitting farewell. 

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