Once Redfearn left, meanwhile, the 43-year-old was considered a front runner to succeed him with bookmakers.
In the end, though, a move didn't materialise. Now, after nine games in League One with a Burton side he earned promotion out of League Two with, Hasselbaink is top of the table, having won seven of those nine...
Exactly how much contact there was between Leeds and Hasselbaink, then, he certainly made the right choice staying at Burton.
What Burton's stellar form does suggest, though, is that Hasselbaink may well be a long-term candidate for Leeds United.
His sensational start to life in management only promises further success. Whether he could achieve it with Massimo Cellino as his boss is another matter, of course.
Hasselbaink was right to stay away from Leeds this early in his career and persist with Burton. But should their strong start to the season continue, the Dutchman will surely be swamped with offers sooner or later.
As for United themselves, Uwe Rosler has made a steady start to life at Elland Road and Hasselbaink's success is certainly no reflection on him. But the former striker is one to watch...