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Former striker emerges as surprise candidate for the vacant Middlesbrough job



According to The Gazette, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has emerged as a shock contender for the vacant manager job at his former club Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough are looking for a new permanent manager after sacking Aitor Karanka during their Premier League campaign last year.

Caretaker manager Steve Agnew could not save Boro from relegation back to the Championship and a new manager is a priority ahead of the new season.

Garry Monk and Nigel Pearson are the two front runners in the race for the Middlesbrough job but The Gazette understands that Boro have held talks with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as well.

Hasselbaink spent two seasons at Middlesbrough and helped them to the UEFA Cup final in 2006 – where they lost to Sevilla.

Boro fans regarded Hasselbaink as a fans’ favourite after his goal scoring exploits for them in the Premier League.

Since retiring, the Dutchman has managed Royal Antwerp in Belgium and then he had a stint with Burton Albion in League Two and then in League One.

In 2015, the 45-year-old took over at Queens Park Rangers but he was sacked in late 2016 with the West London outfit floating in the lower half of the Championship.

Middlesbrough will continue with advanced negotiations for former Swansea and Leeds boss Garry Monk and Nigel Pearson but Steve Agnew and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink are also options.

Middlesbrough fans – would you like to appoint Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink? Let us know below…

NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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