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Leeds managerial candidate isn't bothered by Cellino past

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has said that working with Massimo Cellino at Leeds United would not faze him.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says that working with Massimo Cellino will not put him off taking the Leeds United job.

The Dutchman talked up his ambitions to take charge at Elland Road and he has continued his charm-offensive today.

Cellino is famously reactionary and was particularly open with his criticisms of former boss David Hockaday in the press, but Hasselbaink insists that he would not be concerned by working under the Italian. 

"I haven't lost my interest because of Mr Cellino's past," Hasselbaink revealed to the Dutch media, "It is just whether you can handle the job or not."

"And I am confident that I can. If you are successful, you do not get fired. It's that simple."

"From what I've read, Mr Cellino wants to succeed and he does everything to achieve that."

Hasselbaink has been given hope in his chase of the job, by Cellino's admission that he is looking for a foreign manager to take the Whites forward.

It was originally thought that he could offer the permanent role to Neil Redfearn, who is in caretaker charge at the moment, but that idea seems to have been quashed by Cellino's comments today.

The Leeds owner did say that he was looking for an experienced addition and that may not count in Hasselbaink's favour, though.

The 42-year-old's only previous experience of managing came at Royal Antwerp in Belgium and he left after a year. 

He has had coaching stints at Nottingham Forest and Chelsea, but taking over at Leeds would be a huge step up.

If he does get the job, he would join at a good time. The Whites are unbeaten in two and are starting to build some momentum as they look to launch a promotion charge.

Their next game comes against Bournemouth tomorrow evening, but no appointment is expected to be made before then. 

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