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Hasselbaink: The current Leeds United situation hurts me

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Burton Albion boss speaks of his affection for former club Leeds United.

Former Leeds United striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has told The Telegraph he is hurt by the club's ongoing plight. 

The current Burton Albion boss played for the club between 1997 and 1999, before signing for Atletico Madrid and later Chelsea.

Leeds are far from the Premier League giants he remembers, even if their loyal fanbase remains strong, patiently waiting for them to one day return to the top flight.

A succession of owners and chaotic off-field sagas combined with financial difficulties have led to the club becoming Championship also-rans, and Hasselbaink says he is pained by their lack of success.

He said passionately: "I love Leeds. They have really magnificent supporters. That club should be in the Premier League with that support. But there are still problems and it does hurt me.

"That’s where it all started for me. Leeds supporters want to see their players having a proper go, working hard, and that’s why they took me as one of their own."

Despite it being more than 15 years since he departed the club, Hasselbaink seems to 'get' Leeds United in a way so many who have passed through since have failed to.

The former Dutch international is working his way up the management ladder, beginning in Belgium with Royal Antwerp last year before taking the Burton job earlier this season.

Neil Redfearn is doing a fine job at Leeds right now, but it is not implausible to imagine Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink one day in the dugout as boss at Elland Road.

 

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