Ray Parlour recommends Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for Sunderland

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Parlour has suggested Sunderland should hire Chelsea and Leeds legend Hasselbaink.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has suggested that Sunderland could look at hiring Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the former striker of Leeds United, Chelsea and Middlesbrough.

When talking about potential candidates for the Sunderland managerial role, Parlour said: “I said earlier, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who has done really well at Burton.”

Hasselbaink is certainly a name yet to be touted as a potential candidate, and his short managerial career does much to explain that.

Currently in charge of Burton Albion, the former Dutch striker, 43, is only onto his second managerial job. He was a prolific striker with Chelsea and Leeds in England, and he looks to have taken his impressive talents as a player into his management career.

He spent one season with Royal Antwerp in Belgium, winning just 37% of his games, before being surprisingly appointed at Burton last November. He ended up leading the side to promotion from League Two last season, and they are so far leading the way in League One this term, with just two losses from 11 games.

Hasselbaink has trained alongside coaches at a number of his former clubs, and he certainly seems to be one of the best up and coming coaches in English league football right now.

However, Parlour’s recommendation that Sunderland should look at him may come too early in his career.

He may have been successful, but he is still inexperienced, and his lack of Premier League football could cost him if he were appointed at the Stadium of Light. He may have played in the top flight with Leeds and Chelsea, but being a manager is a much different experience.

If Hasselbaink is to continue his impressive rise as a coach, he is sure to end up in charge of a Premier League club sometime soon. But right now, a move to the top flight looks unwise, and the Black Cats should look at an experienced Premier League boss when considering their next managerial appointment.

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