Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has already made his feelings known about Massimo Cellino this season

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is not deterred by Massimo Cellino's reputation at Leeds United, the question is simply whether he would step away from Burton Albion.

According to a report in The Sun last week, former striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is the choice of Massimo Cellino to replace head coach Neil Redfearn, if he decides against renewing his deal.

Hasselbaink is currently working as boss at Burton Albion, having helped them get promoted from League Two.

It is his attachment to Burton which provides the biggest obstacle, for Hasselbaink does not feel Cellino's trigger-happy reputation should deter him from bossing Leeds.

The Dutchman was linked earlier in the season after Dave Hockaday's sacking, and told Talksport at the time he would consider managing Leeds.

He said at the time: "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.

"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.”

In a separate interview with Dutch outlet Voetbal Primeur, reported on by Yahoo Eurosport, Hasselbaink discussed owner Massimo Cellino.

He stated last September: "I have not lost interest because of Mr Cellino's past. It is about whether you can handle the job or not. And I am confident that I can. If you are successful, you don't get fired. It is that simple.

"From what I have read, Mr Cellino wants to be successful and he does everything to achieve that."

Having played for Leeds with real success in the late 90s, Hasselbaink is fondly remembered by fans, but he would be walking into a difficult position at the club if popular head coach Neil Redfearn is moved on to make way for him.

Hasselbaink is clearly not a character who lacks self-belief, and will be even more confident in his ability having enjoyed success in the Football League with Burton.

He faces a tough decision however whether to quit the progress he is making with Burton, for a role with Leeds which may not last, and the opportunity versus reward factor, to have a crack at promotion to the Premier League, is the conundrum the former Royal Antwerp boss must weigh up.

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