Former Leeds United striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is reportedly in serious contention for the job, according to The Mirror.

Jaap Stam was already confirmed as one of a four manager shortlist for the vacant Leeds United job, but it appears former striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink could also be in contention for the role.

The Dutch manager is currently out of a job since he was sacked by Queens Park Rangers last season, but showed just what he is capable of with Burton Albion, picking up from where Gary Rowett left off, setting the Brewers on their way to back to back promotions to the Championship for the first time in the club’s history.

Former Leeds owner Massimo Cellino wanted to talk to JFH about the job at the beginning of the season, but the Dutchman turned down the opportunity and Garry Monk was appointed instead.

However, with Monk leaving the club following disagreements between the Welshman and new owner Andrea Radrizzani, the Whites find themselves managerless once again.

Hasselbaink is currently 25/1 to land the job, comfortably behind frontrunners Alan Pardew, Jaap Stam and Pep Clotet, but could be an astute appointment should he be given the chance.

Should he be offered the job, one of his biggest challenges will be to keep hold of star striker Chris Wood. Without his goals last season, Leeds may well have been scrapping down the opposite end of the table.

However, keeping the New Zealand international at Elland Road would be a massive statement, and may just be what the Whites need to start another Play-Off push this season.

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