Championship: QPR confirm appointment of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as new manager
QPR have confirmed the appointment of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink after his previous club Burton Albion gave him permission to apply for the job.
The Dutchman leaves Albion top of League One, having previously won League Two the previous season, having only taken charge just over a year ago.
His move to QPR was widely expected but they have today confirmed his appointment on a rolling contract.
The 43 year-old Dutchman has today (Friday) put pen to paper on a rolling contract at Loftus Road and will be joined at the club by David Oldfield (Assistant Manager).
The former Royal Antwerp boss arrives in W12 having carved a fantastic reputation for himself during an outstanding 13-month stint at Burton Albion.
Arriving in November last year, Hasselbaink guided Burton to League One for the first time in their history, clinching promotion in some style, five points clear of their nearest rivals.
And that fine work has continued this season, with Hasselbaink leaving the Brewers in great shape at the summit of the third tier.
In total, Hasselbaink – who enjoyed playing spells in Britain with Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City – won 33 of his 54 games in charge of the Brewers.
Speaking on the club's official website, Hasselbaink said: “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, be at the front of it all, put my stamp on things and take the club forward."
Following a thorough and extensive interview process, where the club spoke to no fewer than a dozen candidates, Director of Football Les Ferdinand expressed his delight at Hasselbaink’s appointment.
“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 any 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 incredible 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 those he works with."
“He leaves no stone unturned in his work on the training ground and prepares his teams meticulously. He is a young manager who has a great knowledge of the game."
“We’re delighted he has agreed to join us and we’re all looking forward to an exciting new chapter at Loftus Road.”
Ferdinand also went on to thank interim manager Neil Warnock and assistant Kevin Blackwell, who managed to pick up seven points from four games since the sacking of Chris Ramsey.