With more off field stability, Leeds United could have tempted Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is making the step up from Burton Albion to QPR, with the task of rescuing the west London side's faltering promotion challenge.
The Dutchman appears to be a shrewd appointment by QPR - but Hasselbaink's former club Leeds United should reflect on an opportunity missed.
They were interested in appointing him in the summer, reported The BBC, only for the manager to pledge his loyalty to Burton instead.
QPR's ability to lure him away - even with Burton positioned highly in League One - reveals that in fact it was possible after all.
So why did he choose QPR and not Leeds, a club with who he has an affinity with?
The answer surely lies at Massimo Cellino's door.
The controversial Italian owner has a fearsome reputation for firing managers, and that is what will have put Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink off.
"Leeds is a very beautiful club. I'll make decisions for myself with my brain and not with my heart," Hasselbaink, told BBC Radio Derby in the summer.
His managerial career is only beginning, but already he has real success with Royal Antwerp in Belgium and getting Burton promoted from League Two last season.
Cellino's ruthless nature as owner has meant he is on his sixth head coach at Leeds already in less than two years, and Hasselbaink found it too much of a risk.
Which all in all is a terrible shame for Leeds considering the fact Hasselbaink is young coach who has shown signs that he can be a successful manager, and would be a popular figure among fans.
Leeds are such a big club that they will always be able to tempt managers, but the lack of stability off the pitch may just be costing them their best options.