Northampton Town have appointed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as the club’s new manager, with the 45-year-old signing a 3 year deal.
The 45-year-old replaces Justin Edinburgh, who was sacked as manager on August 31st. This is his third managerial post in England, after previous stints at Burton Albion and QPR, with the Dutchman having also previously managed Belgian side Royal Antwerp.
Club chairman Kelvin Thomas told the club’s official site of his delight to secure their new boss.
He said, “Once we made the decision regarding the position last week we received a high number of applications. We had two targets that we wanted to speak to initially and following discussions with myself and then other members of the board, Jimmy became our top choice so we are pleased to be able to secure his services.
“He is an inspirational leader, someone who has had success at this level in the recent past and we think he is a very good fit here.
“He is a manager who injects confidence and belief into his players, and someone who we think can begin to unlock the potential of what we believe is a good squad we have here.”
Hasselbaink, who played for Leeds, Chelsea, Charlton, Middlesbrough and Atletico Madrid among others as a player, won the League Two title as Burton manager in the 2014-15 season.
He also recorded a promising start for Burton in League One the following campaign, which would see them promoted to the Championship. But he departed in December 2015 with the Brewers top of the third tier to join QPR in the Championship, where he was only able to record 13 wins in 47 in an 11 month stint before his dismissal in November 2016.
Hasselbaink’s first game as the Cobblers’ new manager will be against Doncaster Rovers at Sixfields on Saturday (04/09), with the Cobblers still looking for their first league win of the season.