Leeds United: Hasselbaink - “I’m committed to Burton”

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has distanced himself from the head coach’s job at Leeds United, saying he is “committed” to his role as Burton Albion manager.

Hasselbaink spoke out after a week of speculation linking him with a return to Leeds and said rumours about the job at a time when Neil Redfearn is still in post at Elland Road were “not nice”.

Redfearn - United’s existing head coach - is one game away from the end of his contract and is yet to be told if Leeds will retain him for next season.

He and club owner Massimo Cellino are likely to hold talks after Cellino’s Football League ban - a disqualification which bars him from running United - ends on Sunday, 24 hours after the last match of the Championship season.

The doubt about Redfearn’s future brought Hasselbaink’s name to the fore last week and the Dutchman’s agent, Humphrey Nijman, told the YEP that Leeds had expressed an interest in taking him to West Yorkshire this summer.

Cellino subsequently dismissed those comments, saying rumours about Hasselbaink were “just more talk. Forget it.”

Hasselbaink has been in charge of Burton for the past six months, his first managerial job in English football, and the club have already secured promotion from League Two.

Speaking to the Burton Mail, Hasselbaink said: “It’s football, isn’t it? I can’t do anything about speculation.

“One thing I can say is I’m committed to Burton and I will do everything in my power, as long as I’m here, to be as successful as possible.

“Leeds is a very beautiful club that I played for for two years. I’ve got lots of friends there. But it’s difficult for me to talk about it because they have got a good manager who’s done really well.

“I’ve got a job here that I really like so for me it’s not nice to talk about these kind of things.

“I’ll make decisions for myself with my head and not my heart. It’s difficult but you have to make decisions with your head. I’ve got two more years on my contract at Burton and it’s my job.”