Hasselbaink applies for Leeds job - three questions & reaction

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has applied for the Leeds United job. Here are three questions and reaction the news brings.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has said that he wants the vacant managerial post at Leeds United. 

The striker, who represented the club during his playing days, spoke on TalkSPORT this morning to say that he would be keen to takeover at Elland Road. 

Leeds' managerial position has been open since they parted with David Hockaday and Hasselbaink has become the latest ex-player to throw his name into the hat of potential candidates to take the reins at the Yorkshire club. 

“Leeds United is a wonderful big club where I had two great years. If they want to talk to me, of course I would talk [to them],” he said.

“I’ve got experience, I know I could take the club forward and I know I can take the club back to where they need to go."

“But what do Leeds United themselves want? That’s the most important question. How do they see things? At the moment there are so many things going on they need to sort out first, or maybe they have already."

“But if they want to talk to me, of course I would be interested. Who doesn’t want to manage Leeds United? It’s one of the ten biggest jobs in the country.”

Here are three questions and the reaction that this latest news has created. 

Is he experienced enough?

After losing Hockaday, Massimo Cellino has already said that he wants an experienced coach to takeover at the club.

Hockaday was painfully inexperienced, having only managed at Forest Green before, and his appointment was a major shock.

The thought is that the outspoken Italian now wants a safe pair of hands to guide the side forward and, in that sense, Hasselbaink isn't exactly what he was looking for. 

The Dutchman has coaching experience at Chelsea and Nottingham Forest, but his only actual job as a manager came in Holland when he was placed in charge of Royal Antwerp. He left after less than a year at the helm.

Would he get the best out of the squad?

Leeds have a squad which looks designed to play attacking football, following a number of additions, and in that sense Hasselbaink could be a good appointment.

As a player, the Dutchman was a clinical finisher and if he can offer some of his attacking prowess to the team it can only be a good thing. 

Is he better than the other candidates?

In terms of the boost he would offer the club, almost certainly yes, but there are a number of appointments which look far less risky. 

Leeds fans would be understandably pleased to see someone who was a great in his playing days take charge at Elland Road, but it would still be a risk to give him the job given the position they are in. 

This season is still in the balance for the Whites and it could easily go disastrously, despite their unquestionable talent and, as such, appointing a proven boss may be a better option.

Steve Clarke and Chris Hughton may not look as much of a headline arrival as Hasselbaink would, but their qualities are obvious and it would be unlikely that the club would go downhill under their stewardship. 

That said, if Leeds are prepared to take a gamble they could do far worse than appointing a man who is still revered by the Elland Road fan-base.


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