Leeds United: Whites linked with move for Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink

Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink.
Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink.
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THE agent of Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink has claimed that his former club Leeds United have shown an interest in potentially bringing him back to Elland Road as head coach.

The future of Neil Redfearn remains in serious doubt at Leeds, with the 49-year-old having only one more match left in charge before his contract expires.

Redfearn is in the dark over what will happen after this week, with Leeds now being linked with a potential move for Hasselbaink, who has helped Burton Albion clinch promotion into League One for the first time in their history.

Hasselbaink’s agent Humphrey Nijman told the YEP: ‘They (Leeds) have showed interest, but there is nothing decided yet. That is all I can say about it.”

Speaking about his future last week, Redfearn – despite retaining the support of players, staff and the majority of Whites supporters who are keen for him to be the club’s head coach next season – admitted that he had ‘no God given right’ to be in charge of the club.

He also insisted that the club was more important than him.

The position of Redfearn has been weakened by the suspension of assistant head coach Steve Thompson earlier this month.

Redfearn has admitted he has no idea if he will be at the club next season – or if new terms will be discussed this week – despite his future having to contractually be decided before Saturday’s home game with Rotherham United.

Redfearn stated last week that he needs to have a “sit down and think” about his long-term future, with the former Academy coach keen for certain assurances, even if he is offered a new deal to stay in charge.

Hasselbaink scored 42 goals for Leeds in 87 appearances at the club between 1997 and 1999.

The 43-year-old took over at Burton in November following Gary Rowett’s departure to Birmingham City and the Brewers will clinch the League Two title if they win at Cambridge on Sunday.

Speaking last June prior to the appointment of David Hockaday, Nijman said that the head coach position at Leeds was something that would have potentially interested Hasselbaink last summer, although he would not be drawn on whether he had applied for the position.

He said: “Of course, it would interest him. Jimmy now has experience as a manager and would like to continue with that. Jimmy is keeping his options open. Any that come up and would interest him, for sure, he would be in touch.

“Jimmy had a fantastic time at Leeds and Leeds are a fantastic club. Unfortunately, things have not been so good there in the past few years, but we will see and hopefully they will get better. He is open to any interesting job.”