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In opposition: Burton Albion - what they're saying

26 November 2021

A well recognised name around Europe’s top leagues former Dutch international Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink returned to Burton Albion for a second spell as manager in January 2021.

He was manager for the Brewers from 2014-15. In his prior spell as manager, Hasselbaink was instrumental in helping the Brewers win the Sky Bet League Two title, however, he resigned just six months into the 2015/16 season in order to take over in a similar position at Championship side Queens Park Rangers who had just dropped down from the Premier League the previous season.

Hasselbaink has also worked as manager at Royal Antwerp (2013-14) in his home country of the Netherlands, as well as Northampton Town (2017-18) prior to his return to Burton Albion. As a player, Hasselbaink’s career spanned five countries, including the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, England as well as time in the Welsh capital. He spent the majority of his career with Chelsea (2000-04) where he scored 69 goals for the club, before scoring a standout 24 goals in just 34 games for Atlético Madrid (1999-2000). He finished his playing career with Cardiff City in the 2007/08 season scoring seven goals for the club.

Hasslebank said…

On his team’s performance against Accrington Stanley:

“We were very solid. I think we only gave the one chance away, which we are still not happy with as you have to stay professional and hungry. But overall, it was a really good performance.

“At 2-0 at halftime, the team talk is different, and the mood is different. You still haven’t won the game yet, but you have a good feeling. We managed that really well. It’s about pushing yourselves and keeping on going, asking for more and wanting to give more.

On the team’s mentality:

“When we are on a good run, we stay level-headed, and now we have been through a little bad spell, but we were a little unfortunate with the red cards. We put our heads down and kept on working.”

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