Former Netherlands international striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has admitted his interest in a return to Leeds United as their new manager.

  • By David Lee Wheatley
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floydThe managerial role at Elland Road is currently vacant due to Dave Hockaday’s sacking last week and a whole host of names have been linked with the post.

Steve Clarke, Paolo Di Canio and ex-Leeds forward Robbie Fowler are all said to be in the running, along with caretaker boss Neil Redfearn.

However, after a short stint as manager of Royal Antwerp in Belgium and an earlier coaching spell with Nottingham Forest, Hasselbaink now feels ready for a top job in the English game.

“I’ve got experience. I know I could take the club forward and I know I can take the club where they need to go,” said the 42-year-old.

“But what do Leeds United themselves want? That’s the most important question. How do they see things? At the moment there are so many things they need to sort out, or maybe they have already.

“If they want to talk to me, of course I would be interested. Who doesn’t want to manage Leeds United? It’s one of the ten biggest jobs in the country.”

Hasselbaink is hot property having led Antwerp to a creditable seventh-placed finish in the Belgian league last season despite dealing with a restrictive budget. He was offered a new deal, but decided to turn it down in favour of pursuing a job in England.

The former Chelsea star is still considered an outsider at up to 20/1 with some bookmakers, but he could well be coming up on the rails in the race for the Elland Road hot-seat.

Meanwhile, Neil Redfearn will continue in his caretaker capacity for this weekend’s clash with Birmingham City until owner Massimo Cellino’s return from his native Italy.