Middlesbrough have reportedly held talks with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink over their vacant managerial position, according to the Burton Mail.

The former Burton Albion manager has been out of a job since parting company with Queens Park Rangers last season, however, he is reportedly in contention for the vacant Middlesbrough job.

Boro have been managerless since the departure of Aitor Karanka midway through last season, and have been holding interviews for a new manager in preparation for the new season.

Steve Agnew has been in temporary charge since the Spaniard departed the Teesiders in March, but he was unable to keep Boro up as they stumbled back down into the Championship after just a single season back in the top-flight.

According to Sky Bet, Garry Monk remains the frontrunner for the job with odds of 2/7, followed by Nigel Pearson (5/2) and Steve Agnew (14/1). Hasselbaink remains a 33/1 outsider however it is understood he has held talks with the club.

The former Boro striker made his name in management at Burton Albion, where he helped them to promotion in League 2, picking up the baton from Gary Rowett.

He then moved on to Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers, with many tipping him to push the Rs onto the next level and move them closer towards the Premier League.

However, the signings of Nasser El Khayati and Conor Washington failed to pay off and after a lacklustre first season, he parted ways with the club last season in November.

Boro will undoubtedly be a massive step up for the Chelsea legend, but the job offers a massive opportunity to kick-start Hasselbaink’s managerial career once again.


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