Burton Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been linked with Leeds United in the past.
Former Sunderland man Michael Gray believes Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink should continue learning his trade at Burton Albion and reject any advances from bigger clubs, he told Breathe Sport.
The former Leeds United striker has taken to management well, impressing at Royal Antwerp in Belgium before clinching the League Two title in his first season at Burton Albion.
Hasselbaink’s stock has continued to rise with Burton sitting second in League One, and he became the subject of an approach from Rotherham United in the past two weeks as reported by the Daily Mail.
The Dutchman is an ambitious man, and his ties with Leeds are evident after he labelled them a ‘beautiful club’ as reported by the Mirror amid speculation of replacing former boss Neil Redfearn back in April.
If Leeds may have been looking at him last April, then surely the Elland Road outfit will be monitoring his progress with even greater interest now as he continues to impress.
Speaking to Breathe Sport, however, Gray feels Hasselbaink would be wise to reject any potential advances from bigger clubs and continue to learn his trade at the Pirelli Stadium.
“He’s hot property at the moment there is no question about that because of the performances and the results the side have been giving over the past couple of season,” he explained.
“But I think he’s learning along the way, and what a place to learn. He’s doing everything right, so why go anywhere else when you’re learning your trade. Stick it out for the rest of the season.”
“And when the summer comes if he gets them promoted, he might want to stay. If not, then these clubs might come sniffing around.”
A potential future as Leeds United manager?
Hasselbaink will soon have plenty of options available to him if Burton continue to rise under his stewardship – and why couldn’t Leeds be a potential option for him?
The Whites are currently struggling in the Championship under Uwe Rosler, and murmurs of discontent among supporters is beginning to show as performances and results have not been good enough.
Hasselbaink would be a fine option should Leeds seek another managerial change, and for him a club of such potential would be very difficult to turn down.