Dirk Kuyt quits Feyenoord and puts coaching career on hold for personal reasons

Dirk Kuyt has quit Feyenoord and put his coaching career on hold for personal reasons.

The former Kop hero and Dutch international was keen to follow the same path as former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard and take the next step into management.

But Kuyt has abandoned those plans for now after revealing he's divorcing wife Gertrude.

Kuyt has left his post as Feyenoord's Under 19 manager despite being tipped to make the next step and manage the club where he played 199 times scoring 121 goals in two spells before hanging up his professional boots in 2017.

Says the striker: “This is the most painful stage of my life.

“The kids have priority right now, they are more important than me becoming the manager of Feyenoord Rotterdam.

“I have had to tell them that their mum and I are both going separate ways. I try and stay nearby and want to be there for them.

“We have always been close. We have always had lots of family when we were over in Liverpool and we had some amazing times.

“This is why this is so painful now, a couple of years after ending my playing career.’

Kuyt has three sons , who were all born in Liverpool, and a daughter. His son Aidan is at the Feyenoord academy.

Feyenoord offered Kuyt a role coaching the Under-21 team but he's decided to step away completely for now.

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