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27.7% win ratio at QPR: What’s this former R’s manager up to these days?

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Known for being one of the Premier League most ruthless, clinical strikers in history, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink didn’t have the same impact from the touchlines.

As a player, Hasselbaink is best known for his time at Leeds United and Chelsea in the 90’s and 00’s.

United was his first English club, signing for then-manager George Graham. He scored on his debut against Arsenal but in the first-half of the season had only scored five times.

Christmas came and Hasselbaink scored 21 goals for Leeds in the second-half of the season, and in his second season at Elland Road scored 18 Premier League goals to share to Golden Boot with Michael Owen and Dwight Yorke.

A season at Atletico Madrid was followed by a return to England with Chelsea. In four seasons at Stamford Bridge, the Dutchman scored 88 in 177 though the only trophy he won in his time there was the Charity Shield in 2000.

Spells at Middlesbrough, Charlton and Cardiff followed – he reached the UEFA Cup final with Middlesbrough under Steve McClaren in 2006 and an FA Cup Final with Cardiff in 2008.

He made his step into management in May 2013 with the recently relegated Belgian side Antwerp. Hasselbaink had earned his UEFA A and B licenses whilst working in the set-ups at both Chelsea and Nottingham Forest, before taking on his first role in Belgium.

After one season at Antwerp, Hasselbaink came back to England to replace Gary Rowett at Burton Albion and in his first season with the Brewers, won the League Two title.

Burton were top of League One in December 2015 when Hasslebaink left for QPR, but the Dutchman wouldn’t get his first win at QPR until mid-January.

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Hasselbaink was at QPR for less than a year before being dismissed in November 2016, with the club 17th in the Championship.

His last job in football was with Northampton Town, who he took charge of in September 2017 but was again sacked in April of last year, with Northampton in the League One relegation zone with five games of the season remaining.

Nothing has since been heard of Hasslblaink managerial-wise. At the time of his appointment at QPR he was arguably the most exciting young manager in the Football League, and the club and the fans really thought that he’d be a success in London. 

He came to the club in difficult times though, and it just wasn’t meant to be for him, with him often on TV as a pundit now.


Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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