Leeds United: Hasselbaink’s main challenge will be managing expectation levels – Ritchie

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
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This week, we have seen ex-Leeds striker Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink get the Burton job and hopefully that might be a catalyst for more black coaches and managers getting jobs – and I wish Jimmy all the best.

There has been plenty of talk about the Rooney Rule, while a recent report said one in five professional coaches in English football should be from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds by 2020, with only 19 BME coaches currently being in the ‘top’ 552 positions in England’s first four divisions.

Personally, I do think there should be more black coaches, not a problem. I cannot see why there shouldn’t be more.

I don’t know what the difference between a black coach and a white coach is if they have got the same credentials.

Jimmy has his chance at Burton and what I do know is that he will find that tough in terms of the expectations of the fans because of who he is and the player he was.

Jimmy will also have to manage the expectations of the players he is going to be managing as well and that is going to be one of the most difficult things.

When people who were top international players in their time are managing teams like Burton, the players are not going to be as good as those Jimmy played with and that’s no disrespect to Burton.

Sometimes, top players will expect more from them than probably they are going to get.

That is the thing that Jimmy will maybe need to get a handle on.

Whether this Rooney Rule is needed, I am not sure.

I saw Kieron Dyer and Titus Bramble saying: ‘What do we need that for?’ But there is certainly a lack of black coaches; I don’t know why.

If everyone has the same qualifications, why shouldn’t they be given a chance?

Obviously, Chris Powell has been one of the exceptions to the rule and is doing very well at Huddersfield Town.

Listening to Paul Ince on Sky last weekend, he has said he has been overlooked for jobs.

I know if I was a football chairman or on a board of directors, I wouldn’t have a problem with a black manager or coach taking over at my football club.

Looking at the evidence, it seems it could be that some clubs have those issues.

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