There are various rumors this morning on the Newcastle head coach position, and one strange rumor is that Newcastle are interested in talking to 43 year-old former Chelsea and Leeds United striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who is currently manager of Burton Albion – and this news is in The Sun today.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – linked with Newcastle job
The former Dutch International (23 caps – 9 goals) ended his playing career in 2008, and then worked with Chelsea’s U-16 squad and coached at the Nike Academy, while taking his UEFA ‘B’ and ‘A’ licences.
From July 2011 to January 2013 he was a member of the coaching staff at Nottingham Forest, and left the club when manager Sean O’Driscoll was sacked.
In May 2013, Hasselbaink was announced as the new manager of newly relegated Belgian Second Division club Royal Antwerp, and he led the team to a seventh-place finish in the following season, but turned down a new deal at the club in May of last year.
Last November Hasselbaink was appointed manager at League Two side Burton Albion, on a two-and-half-year contract, and last month Burton won 2–1 away at Morecambe to earn promotion to League One for the first time in their history.
His coaching record at Burton is 30 games managed with 19 wins, 8 draws and only 3 defeats, for a win ratio of 63.3% – which is a very good record.
So in his short time in coaching he has shown some real innate ability – and he’s certainly an interesting candidate for the Newcastle job, but could be a big risk too.
What do you think?