69-goal ex-Chelsea striker leaves managerial post

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has left his role with Royal Antwerp after finishing seventh in the Belgian second tier.

A number of former Chelsea strikers have stepped into management once their playing days have finished, with the likes of Gianfranco Zola and Gianluca Vialli moving to the bench after hanging up their boots.

Another to try his hand at coach has been Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who took charge of Belgian second tier side Royal Antwerp last summer.

The former Blues and Leeds United forward was charged with guiding the club to promotion, but the side ended up in seventh place.

With things not going to plan for the ex-Netherlands international, the club has confirmed that Hasselbaink has walked away from the managerial role.

“We thank Jimmy for his commitment to the club and wish him every success in his future career,” a statement on the side’s official website reads.

“We will now enter into discussion with potential successors.”

Hasselbaink was a revelation in English football, initially scoring a hatful of goals for Leeds over the course of two seasons.

After a solitary campaign with Ateltico Madrid, Chelsea signed the star, with Hasselbaink netting 69 Premier League goals over the course of four seasons.

He also went on to play for Middlesbrough, Charlton and Cardiff.

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