Lee Bowyer: If Rosler gets the boot at Leeds Hasselbaink will replace him, and I'll join him

Uwe Rosler

Lee Bowyer has backed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to be the next Leeds United manager.

Former Leeds United midfielder Lee Bowyer has told Radio Yorkshire he sees Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink taking over as head coach if it does not work out under Uwe Rosler.

Speaking ahead of the weekend's draw with Reading, Bowyer was giving his overview on the club's promotion chances and general progress, and believes they could sneak into the play-offs in a best case scenario, and would love to see his former club back in the Premier League.

Bowyer, who now runs a fishing lake in France but has done his coaching badges, even said that if Hasselbaink returns to Elland Road, he will be up for joining him.

He said: "They could do what Bournemouth done last year. It can happen.

"I think Rosler is a good manager, he did well at Brentford with no money. If not then Hasselbaink will be in there. If Jimmy gets it, I'll go as his right hand man."

"I don't think it'll be that long before I'm back in football."

Bowyer retired in 2012 after a short spell with Ipswich Town, also playing for West Ham, Newcastle and Birmingham City after leaving Leeds nine years earlier.

His former teammate Hasselbaink has carved out a promising career in management for himself already, with Royal Antwerp in Belgium and Burton Albion in England, who he got promoted from League Two last season.

He was even linked with a return to Leeds in the summer as a replacement for Neil Redfearn, by The Mirror, but owner Massimo Cellino preferred the more experienced Rosler, who had Championship football already on his CV.

Hasselbaink is a logical option in the future as Bowyer suggests, and the prospect of the former midfielder joining him at Elland Road is a fascinating one, but for now Rosler is in possession of the coveted role, and has no intention of blowing his chance.

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