Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink targeting promotion after agreeing to lead QPR ‘family’

West London now has a “chosen one” to rival the Special One after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took over at QPR.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink targeting promotion after agreeing to lead QPR ‘family’

Jose Mourinho gave himself the moniker when he first arrived as Chelsea manager in 2004, and Dutchman Hasselbaink was in similarly bullish spirits as he was unveiled at Loftus Road yesterday afternoon.

“I’m very excited, and very privileged to be given this opportunity,” he said.

“The club gives me a good feeling, and their ideas suit me. It’s a good fit for me and I am very happy to be the chosen one, to be the head of the QPR family, and to take them forward.”

Rangers turned to Hasselbaink after sacking Chris Ramsey last month, with Rangers struggling to mount a promotion push following last season’s relegation from the Premier League.

The 43-year-old former Leeds and Chelsea striker has impressed in his previous role as manager of Burton, guiding the unfashionable midlands club to the League Two title last season and leaving them last week sitting at the top of League One.

“It was hard to leave Burton,” Hasselbaink said. “But when the opportunity came to manage and be head of this family, I had to take it. Football people will understand it was something that I couldn’t turn down.”

Hasselbaink is the club’s 14th manager in the eight years since it was taken over, first by Flavio Briatore and then by current chairman Tony Fernandes.

Rangers are desperate to get back to the top flight as quickly as possible but Hasselbaink would not set any specific targets. “Success would be to challenge (for promotion), to get as high as possible,” he said. “There is work to be done, but the squad here excites me.”

Hasselbaink has agreed a rolling contract, a decision director of football Les Ferdinand explained was a shift in policy by the club. “I think it’s a contract that suits both parties,” said Ferdinand.

“We often sit up here and say we have given a manager a four-year contract because we have a four-year plan. As we all know that doesn’t really work in football. The football club has the plan, the managers come along and fit into that plan. As long as Jimmy is doing his job and the players are doing theirs, he’ll stay in the role.”

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