Hasselbaink takes over at Chelsea’s London neighbour

Hasselbaink takes over at Chelsea’s London neighbour

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Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has become the new manager of Championship side QPR.

The Dutchman, who spent four years at Stamford Bridge, has joined the R’s on a rolling contract and has thus left his job as manager of League 1 side Burton Albion, who he joined in November.

Hasselbaink, who steered Burton to the top of the third tier despite this being their debut season in the division, replaces Chris Ramsey who was sacked in early November.

Rangers are 11th in the Championship table, two points outside the play-off places, and former Netherlands international Hasselbaink said the club has “an exciting feel about it”.

“I feel that this is a club on the up,” he added.

“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.

“This is an incredibly proud moment for me and I will give my all to represent the badge of the club.”

The 43-year old joined Chelsea in 2000 after a successful season at Atletico Madrid, and in four years made 136 appearances, scoring 70 goals. He has also played for Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City.