Hasselbaink chases Leeds

Former Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has declared his interest in the vacant managerial position at Elland Road.

Hasselbaink chases Leeds

The 42-year-old, who represented the Yorkshire club with distinction between 1997-1999, is keen to start a managerial career and would like the chance to take charge of the club he classes as one of the biggest in England.

He told TalkSPORT: “Leeds United is a wonderful big club where I had two great years. If they want to talk to me, of course I would talk 1/8to them3/8.

“I’ve got experience, I know I could take the club forward and I know I can take the club back to where they need to go.

“If they want to talk to me, of course I would be interested. Who doesn’t want to manage Leeds United? It’s one of the 10 biggest jobs in the country.”

Hasselbaink, who has coached in England with Nottingham Forest, was a key figure in his time at Elland Road and scored 42 goals in 87 games before being sold to Atletico Madrid.

The Championship club are searching for a replacement for Dave Hockaday, who was sacked by owner Massimo Cellino a fortnight ago after just 70 days in charge.

Fellow ex-striker Robbie Fowler is also believed to have applied for the role. Fowler scored 183 goals in 369 appearances for Liverpool before completing a £12m move to Leeds in 2001.

Leeds academy manager Neil Redfearn has been in temporary charge since Hockaday’s departure.

More in this section


Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox