One of the worst kept secrets in football has finally been made official today. Queens Park Rangers have confirmed the appointment of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their new manager, who leaves Burton Albion along with assistant David Oldfield.
The 43-year-old Dutchman, along with his trusted number two, have signed rolling contracts at Loftus Road, with their first game with the Loftus Road club coming next week at home to promotion candidates Burnley. Hasselbaink, a successful striker in his playing days, has made the transition from player to manager like a duck takes to water. His impact at Burton was particularly impressive, ending his first season as League One winners and this season set them up perfectly for a tilt at a second consecutive promotion. He told the official club website of his delight at taking on this great opportunity,
“It was not an easy decision to leave Burton, but when you get the opportunity to come somewhere like QPR, with the club where it is and the squad we have at our disposal, it was something I couldn’t turn down.
I feel that this is a club on the up – it has an exciting feeling about it. And I want to keep that feeling going by taking more positive strides forward.
I am happy to get the opportunity here at QPR, to lead the QPR family, to be at the front of it all, put my stamp on things and take the club forward.
This is an incredibly proud moment for me and I will give my all to represent the badge of the club.”
This appointment sees the culmination of the lengthy interview progress that took place of the club. Several candidates were mentioned in the media and constantly linked with the post, but now it has come to an end. This is something which pleased Director of Football Les Ferdinand,
“We went through a very meticulous recruitment process that generated a lot of excellent candidates. We gave ourselves a real selection headache with the high level of candidates we spoke to, but Jimmy was the best of the best, without a doubt.
We have been hugely impressed by his work at Burton. Having won League Two, he leaves them at the top of League One, which is an incredibly achievement.
He has that fire in the belly that you look for in all managers, but not only that, he is also a strong, authoritative leader who commands the respect of all of those he works with.”
With Hasselbaink and Oldfield entering the club, that means the departure of Neil Warnock and Kevin Blackwell, who had taken over the club on an interim basis. The pair left a parting gift in the form of a 1-0 away with at Reading last night, and Ferdinand thanked the pair and wished them well for the future.