Former Chelsea hero to manage in Bosnia

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has held advanced talks with FK Sloboda Tuzla concerning the vacant managerial job.

Hasselbaink, who also played for Leeds United, Atletico Madrid, Middlesbrough and Charlton, ended his playing career in 2008 following a spell with Cardiff City.

A successful career saw victories in the FA Cup, the Charity Shield, the Copa del Rey, as well as being twice crowned with the Premier League Golden Boot. The 42-year old was also capped 23 times by the Netherlands national team, being part of the squad which finished fourth place at the 1998 World Cup.

His coaching career started with Woking, then in the Conference South, as a means to stay fit alongside learning the basics of management. He was also part of the Chelsea Under-16 set-up, before moving to Nottingham Forest as he took his UEFA 'B' and 'A' licenses.

Following his departure from the City Ground in 2013, he undertook his first management role in 2013 - being appointed the manager of Royal Antwerp in the Belgian Second Division.

Despite leaving the club after only one season, it appears as if Hasselbaink is set to join Bosnian club FK Sloboda Tuzla, according to a report on prominent Bosnian media outlet SportsSport.

The report reveals that two rounds of talks have been held with Hasselbaink, with club president Azmir Husic visiting Los Angeles and London to interact with the former Dutch international. Hasselbaink is set to visit Tuzla this week to observe the conditions of the team he is set to adopt before deciding whether to take the managerial role, although club officials are confident that they have found the man to guide Crveno-crni up the table.

Tuzla, who recently achieved promotion back to the Bosnian Premier League, are looking for a new manager since they sacked Miroslav Blazevic, the man who masterminded Croatia to the quarter-finals of the 1996 European Championships, before leading them to a third place finish at the 1998 World Cup.

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