Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink explains Burton resignation just hours after Sky Sports appearance

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Jimmy-Floyd-Hasselbaink July 2022 Credit: PA Images
Jimmy-Floyd-Hasselbaink July 2022 Credit: PA Images

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has resigned from bottom-of-the-table League One side Burton Albion just hours after appearing on Sky Sports’ Super Sunday programme.

Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Oxford left Hasselbaink’s men rooted to the foot of the table and there was speculation the former Chelsea star was set to leave the club. Now that departure has been confirmed with a club statement saying he is to “move on”.

Hasselbaink, in his second stint with the Brewers, referenced “limited resources” as to his exit reason.

Hasselbaink said: “I have taken the club as far as I can with the limited resources available and it is time for someone else to come in and inject some new energy.

“I would like to thank the fans, and everyone associated with the club, including the chairman, and to wish them all the best in the future.”

Chairman Ben Robinson added: “I have enjoyed working with Jimmy who is an inspirational coach and I understand and respect his decision to move on.

“I want to thank him for the success he brought to the club both on and off the field and I wish him well with his future career.”

Hasselbaink, 50,returned to the Pirelli Stadium in January 2021. And he did a fine job in lifting the club off the bottom of the table to eventually finish in 16th place.

They had won only two of 21 games before Hasselbaink turned their season around. But the former Leeds striker did not get the desired backing in the summer window this time around and after just one point from seven games he has left his role.

Hasselbaink criticised

Hasselbaink had appeared on Sky’s Premier League coverage of Brighton against Leicester and Manchester United and Arsenal on Sunday. He has in fact been a regular guest for the broadcaster for the last few seasons.

But his media work has been criticised by fans on social media. The main gripe for fans was whether Hasselbaink had the drive to be a manager, or would he rather take a pundit’s role.

That may well be a question that Hasselbaink is asking himself on Monday. And it will be interesting to see if he receives any alternative offers in England. It’s hard to see how anybody higher in the English pyramid wouyld take a chance on Hasselbaink.

Hasselbaink indeed walked away from his first managerial job at Royal Antwerp. His spell at QPR in the Championship was a also an unmitigated disaster and he was sacked at Northampton after nine games without a win in April 2018.

Assistant manager Dino Maamria will take charge of Burton in the interim.

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