Hasselbaink link to Leeds casts a shadow over Redfearn

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s agent has claimed that his former club Leeds United have shown an interest in possibly bringing him back to Elland Road as head coach.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

The future of Neil Redfearn remains in serious doubt at Leeds, with the 49-year-old having only one more match left in charge before his contract expires.

Hasselbaink has helped Burton Albion clinch promotion into League One for the first time in their history and his agent Humphrey Nijman said: ‘They (Leeds) have shown interest, but there is nothing decided yet.

“That is all I can say about it.”

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Redfearn has the support of players, staff and a majority of Whites supporters, who are keen for him to remain as the club’s head coach next season.

But last week Redfearn admitted that he had “no god-given right” to be in charge and also insisted that the club was “more important than me”. Redfearn’s position was weakened by the suspension of assistant head coach Steve Thompson earlier this month.

Redfearn says has no idea if he will be at the club next season – or if new terms will be discussed this week – despite his future having contractually to be decided before Saturday’s home game with Rotherham United.

He stated last week that he needs to have a “sit down and think” about his long-term future, with the former Academy coach keen for certain assurances, even if he is offered a new deal to stay in charge.

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Hasselbaink scored 42 goals for Leeds in 87 appearances at the club between 1997 and 1999.

The 43-year-old took over at Burton in November following Gary Rowett’s departure to Birmingham and the Brewers will clinch the League Two title if they win at Cambridge on Sunday.

Speaking last June prior to the appointment of David Hockaday, Nijman said that the head coach position at Leeds was something that would have potentially interested Hasselbaink last summer, although he would not be drawn on whether he had applied for the position.

Nijman said yesterday: “Of course, it would interest him. Jimmy now has experience as a manager and would like to continue with that. Jimmy is keeping his options open. Any that come up and would interest him, for sure, he would be in touch.”