Ernest Faber signs new contract as PSV Eindhoven’s academy manager

PSV Eindhoven have confirmed academy manager Ernest Faber has secured a new four-year contract.

The Eredivisie side announced the new yesterday after successful contract talks which saw the former caretaker manager secure a long-term deal with the club.

General manager Marcel Brands has spoken of his delight to secure Faber for the long-haul as the club look at the long-term development within the club’s academy system.

“We are very pleased with the development of our youth academy,” said general manager Marcel Brands. “As manager of the PSV Academy, Ernest plays a big role in that and that’s why we are happy he is staying with us.”

The academy manager is a familiar face at the Philips Stadion having been at the club since joining the youth ranks back in 1984 before breaking into the first-team squad in 1992 via loan spells at NEC Nijmegen, Sparta Rotterdam and Groningen.

After retiring from professional football, Faber has tried his hand at coaching for Jong PSV before joining the coaching team at FC Eindhoven in 2007 before becoming manager in 2010. He returned to PSV as assistant manager in 2012 before joining NEC and then Groningen as manager before returning to PSV in 2018.

“And I’m still perfectly comfortable here,” says the Veldhoven native. “Training players myself for the A-selection is a spearhead of PSV. That is evident from everything. It’s great to be part of that process. We all put in an awful lot of time and we see the level rising step by step.

“The head coach of the A-selection takes the players coming through from the Academy very seriously and that is the best compliment we can get.”

Faber is looking forward to continue PSV’s impressive youth academy which has seen recent graduate Cody Gakpo excel at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

“I dare say we have created a top football academy with unique characteristics here in the smartest region of the Netherlands,” he continued.

“By collaborating with specialists in all kinds of fields, we are increasingly succeeding in shaping our talents better and wider. And that process never stands still, it keeps evolving. It is a wonderful challenge to stay involved in that.”

GBeNeFN | Tom Phillips

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