Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who soared at Chelsea in the previous decade, is signing up with Nottingham Forest to join Steve McClaren as first team coach.

McClaren, who managed in Holland for FC Twente, specially picked out the Dutchman for the role, his first since hanging his boots up at Cardiff City.

The promotion chase will be strengthened by the former Chelsea striker's arrival, as Nottingham Forest look to get back to the Barclays Premier League for the first time in over a decade.

The striker scored 70 goals for Chelsea, but is now hoping to make his impact felt off the pitch for the East Midlands club.

And Hasselbaink's limited experience as a coach does not affect his dedication to his second career.

"I am happy to work my way up," he said. "As a player, I had to do that as well, so why not as a manager?"

Before accepting the role, Hasselabaink, 39, was full of praise for McClaren, who took the helm of at the City Ground last month after Billy Davies was dismissed.


 

"I'm very happy for him. He definitely deserves a chance again in England," Hasselbaink continued. "I definitely think he's one of the best British coaches and managers, and I'm really happy that he's got this opportunity.

 

"I worked really well with him at Middlesbrough and I've got good memories of him. He did magnificently in Holland - he won the league with FC Twente and nobody else has done that.

 

"The Championship is a horrible division to get out of, but if somebody can do it, it's Steve McClaren."

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