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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink takes charge of struggling Northampton Town

Wednesday 6th September 2017
One of the many greats of the beautiful game, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, has taken up a new challenge in a managerial role. This time with League One side Northampton Town. 

Hasselbaink started his career in Holland where he played from 1990-1993. After that, the ex-striker made a move to Portugal playing for the likes of Campomaiorense and Boavista. His next move was to England, signing for Leeds United. He was a fan favourite and ended up moving to Spain a few years after. His new club would be Atletico Madrid. He would go on to become a runner-up in the Copa Del Rey during the 1999-2000 season.
At the end of the season, he signed for Chelsea. Hasselbaink went on to make 136 appearances, scoring 70 league goals. After his time with Chelsea, he would play for clubs such as Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City. He summed up a total of 468 league appearances and 197 league goals. Not bad for an 18-year playing career.

Hasselbaink began his managerial career back in 2013 when he took charge of Royal Antwerp in Belgium. Finishing in seventh place, he turned down an extended contract and left the club. His next challenge was with League Two side, Burton Albion. Hasselbaink managed to win the League Two crown and gained promotion to League One for the first time in the club's history.

Hasselbaink carried on great form with Burton but his reign ended on the 4th December 2015. At the time, Burton were top of League One. Seeking a new challenge, he instantly signed for QPR. Relishing the chance of managing an English second tiered side seemed like a chance not to miss. The 2015 season saw QPR finish 12th and the board were hoping to improve on that the following season.

While they were 17th in November 2016, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was relieved of his vacancy. Since then he has had no roles other than appearing on football shows to fill his spare time. But on 4th September 2017, he was appointed as manager of Northampton Town. Hasselbaink signed a three-year deal with the club.
Replacing Justin Edinburgh, there is much needed to be done at the club. Northampton have had the poorest starts possible. They have managed to lose all four games, only scoring twice. There were away defeats to Shrewsbury and Charlton as well as home losses against Fleetwood and Peterborough. A total of ten goals have been conceded too, meaning an average of over two goals have been let in every game.

Hasselbaink will be aware of what needs to be done to get the club off the ground running. Their next game is at home against Doncaster Rovers. It could be the right time to get their first points of the season or even their first win this campaign. Doncaster have six points but have only won one of their games, giving Northampton a good opportunity to put in a good performance at Sixfields Stadium and pick up some valuable points.

It will be interesting to see if Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will conjure up anything special for Northampton this weekend. He may even make a few minor changes to the starting eleven. But only time will tell if he can do the job and save the club from an extended poor run of form.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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