Barnsley are still searching for a new manager following the departure of Poya Ashbaghi at the end of the 2021/22 season, after the Tykes’ relegation from the Championship to League One was confirmed.
Hasselbaink had been linked with taking over from Ashbaghi at Oakwell, although it was reported earlier on Wednesday that the former Chelsea striker was out of the running for the role, after Barnsley chiefs apparently missed a zoom call with the Dutchman.
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It has now been confirmed that Hasselbaink won’t be moving to Barnsley, with Burton announcing in a club statement that despite giving him permission to speak with the Tykes, the 50-year-old will not be taking the post.
Explaining the reasons for his decision, Hasselbaink told Burton’s official website: “It’s always flattering to be approached by other clubs and to be offered new opportunities, but I have always been very happy at Burton Albion, and grateful for the Chairman’s support.
“I have always said that it’s a work in progress here and we have put the emphasis on bringing in young players and building for the future. I’m eager to continue that work and to carry on building an exciting squad here at Burton Albion.
“Just because we are a small club doesn’t mean that we aren’t ambitious and I’m eager to get on with the job and put the speculation about my future to bed.
“I want to thank the Chairman and the supporters for their patience, and I hope now we can all look forward to the new season together.”
Hasselbaink returned to Burton for his second spell as Brewers manager in January 2021, and guided the club to a 16th place finish in League One during the 2021/22 season.
You get the feeling that this will be a rather frustrating update from a Barnsley perspective.
It is a long time now since Ashbaghi left the club, and it will be concerning that a replacement has not been found, especially given plans need to be put in place for next season.
Hasselbaink could have been a useful appointment for the Tykes as well, given the experience he has of League One level, that could have been what was needed at Oakwell.
The pressure therefore, is continuing to build on Barnsley in this search for a manager, and the longer it goes on, the more worrying things will become with the 2022/23 campaign getting underway earlier than usual.