Leeds United linked Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink discusses former boss George Graham

Elland Road pitchside

The former Leeds striker is currently manager at Burton Albion.

Leeds United's season comes to an end this weekend, but as it stands, there is real doubt over who will be the manager of the club next term.

Neil Redfearn is the people's choice after his popular spell in charge of the side. But off the pitch elements, such as the suspension of his assistant Steve Thompson, have placed his future in real doubt.

That has led to much speculation regarding who might take over the role of head coach at Leeds, including a former striker at the club.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has impressed in charge of Burton Albion this season, who he has guided to promotion in League Two. He played for Leeds between 1997 and 1999, before joining Atletico Madrid in Spain.

He spoke about the rumours this week, telling BBC Radio Derby:

"Leeds is a very beautiful club. I'll make decisions for myself with my brain and not with my heart.

"It's difficult for me to talk about because they have a good manager at the moment who has done really well and I have a job here that I really like.

"It's not nice to talk about those kind of things."

Now he has been quoted as discussing a former Leeds boss, the man who was in charge of him during his time in Yorkshire. George Graham was his boss for the 1997-98 season and got the best out of the future Chelsea striker, who scored 22 goals in 40 games that season.

However Hasselbaink has made it clear he has no plans to fit the mould of Graham, or any of the other great coaches he has worked under during his playing career. He is quoted by De Telegraaf as stating:

"George was a top trainer. Really top, top! He and Mourinho have the same style. Everything, absolutely everything in the service of the result. As individuals they were hard.

"I'll stay myself. I do not need to be George Graham, or Mourinho or Van Gaal. I can not work like Van Gaal, as much as I like him too. Players look right through you if you try."

Time will tell if he does follow Graham to a certain extent, by becoming Leeds United gaffer.

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