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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink named new Burton boss

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been named the new manager of League Two outfit Burton Albion.

The former Chelsea and leeds striker will take charge of his first coaching session on Thursday morning after succeeding Gary Rowett. Rowett left for Birmingham City last month having helped Burton to an impressive start to the season.

It will be Hasselbaink's first managerial job in English football, only previously managing Belgian second division side Royal Antwerp for part of last season. The 42-year-old left the club in summer after turning down a contract extension.

Hasselbaink also enjoyed a coaching spell with Nottingham Forest but was dismissed along with manager Sean O'Driscoll in January 2013. The Dutchman earned his Uefa B and A licenses while working with Chelsea's Under 16 squad.

Official confirmation

A club statement read: "Burton Albion is delighted to announce Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as the club's new manager.

"Jimmy takes over immediately and will be assisted by David Oldfield who was head of academy coaching at MK Dons."

"I can’t wait to get started and I’m delighted to be given the opportunity."

Big opportunity

The man himself said: "I’m very excited to join Burton Albion and follow in the footsteps of Gary Rowett and Nigel Clough.

"I can’t wait to get started and I’m delighted to be given the opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to working with the players. Until now they have done really well and I’m looking to take them a step further.

"I have seen quite a bit of them and I’m excited to be working with a talented group.”

Pedigree

Hasslebaink is a cult figure at both Leeds United and Chelsea where he scored 34 and 69 league goals respectively. The striker cost Chelsea a club record £15 million to sign from Atletico Madrid in 2000.

Forming a productive partnership with Iceland striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, Hasselbaink endeared himself to the fans and manager Claudio Ranieri. Notably, he outscored both Adrian Mutu and Hernan Crespo in the 2003/04 season with 17 goals across all competitions.

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