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Ex-Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is manager of League Two side Burton Albion

Former Leeds United and Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has taken his first management job in England.

The new posting is with Burton Albion, the League Two (fourth tier) club said on Thursday.

He became only the third black and minority ethnic (BME) manager among the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs, along with Huddersfield Town’s Chris Powell and Carlisle United’s Keith Curle.

Born in Surinam, Hasselbaink played 23 times for the Netherlands and was in charge of Royal Antwerp for the 2013-14 season. 

During his time in charge of Belgian club, Sky Sports News, his winning percentage stood at 37 per cent. 

 

 

His appointment comes in a week when a new campaign was launched to get more non-whites involved in coaching.

A report by the Sports Person’s Think Tank released on Monday said that of 552 jobs in English professional football, only 19 were held by BME coaches and that there was “institutional discrimination” in the leagues.

He however has told BBC that the colour of his skin has got nothing to do with his appointment. 

 

 

His upcoming matches will be against Wycombe Wanderers on Nov 18. 

Sources: Sky Sports News, BBC 

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