Hasselbaink may be the man for Leeds - but not this summer

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Leeds owner Massimo Cellino reportedly wants the Burton Albion boss to replace Neil Redfearn next season.

According to the Sun, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is Massimo Cellino's first choice to replace Neil Redfearn as Leeds United boss next season.

With the former Leeds striker doing so well at Burton - taking them up from League Two this campaign - it was only a matter of time before he was linked with an Elland Road return.

It is the ideal Cellino appointment: a foreign coach, allowing the Italian to stamp his own mark on the club and say 'I brought you the man who is leading you to success.' He can also bring Cellino closer to the fans - although, clearly, getting rid of Redfearn to make way for Hasselbaink will only make things worse in that regard.

But the Burton boss must be wise here if any reported interest turns into a concrete offer.

The Dutchman may well be the man to take Leeds forward. But not now.

Now, the timing is all wrong. Chaos reigns, with assistant managers being suspended and players pulling out of games en masse the night before a game. At the start of a potentially blossoming career, Elland Road isn't the place to go.

It may provide more of a pay day but it won't do anything for Hasselbaink's career. Who has got involved with the Yorkshire club lately to come out of it any better?

Just imagine Hasselbaink - a Leeds icon as a player - doing what Redfearn is doing now next season: putting the cones out in training, all by himself, with chaos surrounding him...

If Cellino comes calling, the Dutchman needs to stand firm and say no, regardless of any previous interest he's expressed in the Leeds hotseat. Patience now could see him win the ultimate reward - a chance to take the club on at a better time, when he can truly make a difference. And without all the frankly childish goings on that would greet him this summer.

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