Surprising New Candidate Linked With Newcastle Job


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

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?

Comments welcome.



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37 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    May 26, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    eddie murphy lmto

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 26, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2

    He got Burton promoted???

    Wow, sign him up…..ffs. just….ffs, man.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 26, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s just a fat Eddie Murphy… fat eddie murrrrphyyy….et.c

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  • Bambams

    May 26, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #4

    He wouldn’t work with Carver imo…
    Very strong character and I do not think he would toe the party line with the current set up.

    Would much rather look at a proven manager but this could be all about ‘Who is prepared to come’…

    For all we know all the top targets might have already said no

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 26, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Does anyone know of his coaching style?

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  • lesh

    May 26, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Good lord, what a prospect.

    I suspect that JFH (why did I think of JFK?) has his agent on the case, looking for a bigger job.

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  • lesh

    May 26, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Has Carver no sense of reality?

    http://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/football/newcastle-united/john-carver-s-message-for-newcastle-kingmaker-as-steve-mcclaren-s-back-in-frame-1-7277909

    Will someone please put the idiot out of his misery – just sack him!

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 26, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Lesh

    Do you think he would fit into Newcastle as a prospective head coach?

    I need to read up on him to find out his style.

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  • lesh

    May 26, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Carver to be considered among others for the HC role?

    FFS, he’s had a half-season interview – is that not enough?

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  • nut meg

    May 26, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #10

    From Jan. 20th 2015 Lee Charnley interview in the E C.

    WHAT KIND OF CANDIDATES ARE NEWCASTLE LOOKING AT?
    I know that the individual who comes in will be credible and best suited for this role.

    First and foremost, they have to be a good coach and with a track record of developing players and giving young players a chance is important.

    For me, style of play is important. How they conduct themselves is also important as the head coach will play a key part in how the club is perceived through his conduct on and off the field.
    He should be reminded of this every day..

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 26, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Lesh…He seems to be softening his “I want an answer before my holiday” stance.

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  • lesh

    May 26, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #12

    NezzaNUFC

    Assuming you’re referring to JFH, I wouldn’t know about his record or potential.

    But he’s had as much top level experience as Carver had and look where that got us.

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  • lesh

    May 26, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Aye Ibiza, I noticed that and I just hope to god that he hasn’t been told he’s to be seriously considered for HC.

    I wouldn’t trust him with a quid to go for an errand let alone risk a £100m with him!

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 26, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Bring back KK and have Shearer as his assistant

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 26, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Carver can’t develop young players nor can he improve the current squad, he won’t get the job.

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  • optimistic prime

    May 26, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #16

    I heard Jimmy talk when he got the Burton job.
    He spoke very well and seemed to know his stuff. I don’t think he’s in the frame here, one of the things he said was he didn’t want to jump into a top job as it’s better to learn your trade in a lower league. Thats the Dutch way he said.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 26, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #17

    Carver is trying every way possible to stay at NUFC, I think he will be gone soon.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 26, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #18

    Lesh…The HC situation will be very telling.

    If they put this seasons learnt lessons down as poor Carver wasn’t backed in January I might scream.

    He wasn’t, but neither is he the man to deliver the club success. Ashley wants to win something after all, so he’d be best to employ winners.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 26, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #19

    Does anyone know when the original end of season fans forum meeting was scheduled for?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 26, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #20

    I still think if Mclaren was foreign, people would want him. He does have a decent record. I just think people are now dead set against an english boss.

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  • lesh

    May 26, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #21

    NezzaNUFC – Carver reminds me of an eel on the end of a fishing line.

    The only way to get one off is to chop its head off!

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 26, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #22

    Lesh

    Lol nice one mate.

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  • lesh

    May 26, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza

    The original end of season fans forum meeting date?

    Summer 2020!

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  • lesh

    May 26, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #24

    Ibiza

    But seriously, did the FF delegates ever pursue the extraordinary meeting proposed by Charnley?

    If not, they might as well have not bothered with the open letter.

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  • jayphoto

    May 26, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #25

    Im just outside of Burton! Fans LOVE JFH! Footballs decent! Last manager played defensive long ball and they didn’t like it even when they were winning!
    Jimmy Floyd has won the league eoth one of the smallest budgets playing decent stuff and really utilising the young players.
    Most of their lads drink in the sports bar here and they all have huge respect for Jimmy floyd. Almost seem in awe of him!
    Hes destined for bigger than Burton but now is not the time for premier league! Think Sheffield United would be a good next step for him.

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  • lesh

    May 26, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #26

    NezzaNUFC

    I’ve been appointed as Weshy’s official stand in!

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 26, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #27

    Lesh…Thanks, still enough time for the club to sort some answers out then.

    Markaccus…I thought he was Dutch?

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  • The Vicar

    May 26, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #28

    If as Ashley said its the Football Board who hire managers, then the Football Board should be changed because they have been responsible for all the bad decisions in the past, like hiring Carver. Ashley needs to get a decent Football Board before moving forward, and let’s do it quickly.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 26, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #29

    Lesh…Since the ff’s second letter and the club saying they would move the end of season meet to earlier in the season, I’ve heard nothing on the subject.

    Strange. I thought it was the clubs preferred way to communicate.

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  • lesh

    May 26, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #30

    jayphoto

    Agreed about JFH being too inexperienced to put up with Ashley’s shennanigans!

    An appointment here wouldn’t do him any good at at all.

    Appoint him as Assistant HC to a proven one and yes, he’d learn a lot and would be a far better appointment than Carver as assistant.

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  • shaun__

    May 26, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #31

    Unproven and wouldn’t choose him but if I had to pick one I’d still pick him over steve M or carver. They are proven to not be good enough! A chance of success versus guaranteed failure!!

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  • lesh

    May 26, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #32

    Ibiza

    I think it’s been made clear that the Club’s preferred method of communication follows the Mushroom principle.

    Keep the fans in the dark and pour manure (now that’s me being polite) on them every now and again.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 26, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #33

    Lesh… 🙂

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  • jayphoto

    May 26, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #34

    @lesh seen alot of his interviews, hes in the local paper most nights lol hes far far too strong a character to be an assistant in my opinion! Really think he’s destined for the top but a premier league move could break him so soon. Hes clever too! Turned down bigger clubs than Burton higher up the leagues to come here because be thought it was the right place with the right chairman!
    Tbh i assume Burton Albion is attractive to any manager outside of the championship purely for the facilities! Theyve got full use of St Georges Park (the england football centre) meaning probably only the manchester clubs and Arsenal train in better centres

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  • sickandtired

    May 26, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #35

    Another Dennis Wise connection then? Aye, that would really prove Ashley has learned lessons.

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  • Big Archie

    May 26, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #36

    Yes – what we are looking for is someone who has done really well……IN DIVISION 2

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