Leeds & Chelsea legend Hasselbaink takes League Two side up

Elland Road

The Dutchman has led Burton Albion to a watershed moment in their history, as they win promotion from League Two.

Leeds United and Chelsea favourite Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has proved himself as a quality young manager by taking Burton Albion into League One in his first season at the club.

A two year spell at Elland Road earlier in his career announced Hasselbaink as one of Europe's best strikers, a quality the Dutch international underlined when he starred at Chelsea for four seasons from 2000 to 2004. The attacker scored 42 times for Leeds and an impressive 86 times for the Blues, and was noted for his powerful shooting from various distances.

But he is now making his name as a manager, and after a short spell in Belgium with Royal Antwerp, Hasselbaink has made history by promoting Burton Albion up to the highest division they've ever played in. 

The Brewers won 2-1 at Morecambe United to head into League One, after Wycombe Wanderers could only draw 0-0 with AFC Wimbledon.

The ex-Premier League star has been a wonderful appointment by Albion, and the higher up the football ladder they go the more the club can rely on the international notoriety of their boss to help attract excellent players to the Pirelli Stadium.

Hasselbaink was only appointed Albion boss in November, replacing Gary Rowett as manager, but has taken them from playoff hopefuls to probable League Two champions.

The prospect of going up as the best of the English fourth tier isn't lost on the former striker either, who told the Burton Mail: "It was an important day for the club but we want to be No 1 - I want the second target and that is winning the league."

At this rate, Hasselbaink could find himself in the running for the Leeds, or even Chelsea job at some point in the future.

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