Burton Albion have, this evening, announced the appointment of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their new manager.
The club currently sit bottom of Sky Bet League One six points from safety after their most recent loss to relegation rivals Wigan.
It will be Hasselbaink’s second spell at the club who he helped gain promotion from Sky Bet League Two before leaving the club for QPR in the Championship.
Former manager Jake Buxton parted company with the Albion having secured only two league wins all season in his first foray into management.
Hasselbaink is an extremely popular figure at the Pirelli Stadium after securing promotion to League One and leaving the club top of the division before moving on.
However, since his time with the Brewers he has been sacked by both clubs he has since managed, Queens Park Rangers and Northampton Town respectively.
Speaking to the Club website Hasselbaink said: “Burton Albion is a club which is very close to my heart and a really special club for me and my family.
“The job is totally different from the first time, but we are coming in to try as quickly as possible to get us up the league and keep ourselves in League One.
“I have wonderful memories from when I was here before and it was a very important time in my life, and I have always kept in touch with the club, but I know it’s a different job now”.
The former Chelsea man will face one of his toughest challenges in management trying to save the Brewers from relegation, who have the worst defensive record in the league.
“We know there is enough quality in the playing squad but that’s not reflected in where we are in the table so there is a lot of hard work to be done.
“Hopefully, we can get us going as quickly as possible. There are good players at Burton Albion who are under achieving and the first job is to get them back to their normal ability.
“We want to help the players to start performing and we need to squeeze as much out of them as we can, to get clean sheets and to win matches”, said Hasselbaink.
Dino Maamria will also join the club as Assistant Manager, he has experience of management in the Football League, most recently at Oldham Athletic.
Maamria said: “It’s a good match in a good football club. I’m proven in terms of getting teams out of this kind of situation as I have shown in my last five jobs.
“I will be working with the players day to day, motivating them and using that knowhow of getting the club out of this position we are in with Jimmy overseeing everything and I think it will make for a great partnership”.
The Albion face Oxford tomorrow and Chris Beardsley will take interim charge while Hasselbaink and his new coaching team will be in attendance as spectators before taking over.