Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: Burton Albion boss resigns with side bottom of League One

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink while in charge of Burton
Jimmy Floyd Hassenlbaink returned for a second spell as Burton boss in January 2021

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has resigned as manager of Burton Albion, who are bottom of League One.

The Dutchman, 50, leaves just two weeks after saying he would quit if he saw himself as “the problem” at Burton.

The final game of Hasselbaink’s second spell in charge of the club was Saturday’s defeat by Oxford, which leaves them with just one point from their first seven games this season.

Assistant manager Dino Maamria will take over as Burton’s interim boss.

Hasselbaink led Burton to promotion as League Two champions in 2015 during his first stint as manager at the Pirelli Stadium.

He returned in January 2021 when Albion were bottom of League One and guided them to a 16th-place finish. The Brewers finished in the same position last term in his first full season back at the helm.

Before the start of this season, Hasselbaink said his side was still a work in progress.

A lack of resources to strengthen significantly since then has eventually prompted his departure.

“I have taken the club as far as I can with the limited resources available and it is time for someone else to come in and inject some new energy,” Hasselbaink told Burton’s website.external-link

Burton chairman Ben Robinson thanked former Chelsea and Netherlands striker Hasselbaink “for the success he brought” the club.

“I have enjoyed working with Jimmy who is an inspirational coach and I understand and respect his decision to move on,” Robinson added.

Hasselbaink’s departure comes less than three months after deciding to remain at Burton to “build for the future” after speaking to Barnsley about their vacant managerial post in the summer.

The first five weeks of the 2022-23 season, which proved to be the final ones of Hasselbaink’s tenure, have been the most difficult of the Dutchman’s association with the club.

They have conceded 24 goals in nine games in all competitions and failed to score in five of them.

They were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two strugglers Rochdale in the first round, collected their only league point of the season against Accrington Stanley – in a match they were 3-0 up in after 50 minutes – and their only win to date came against Leicester City’s Under-21 side in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Burton next face 15th-placed Fleetwood Town at home on Saturday, with former Stevenage and Oldham boss Maamria at the helm as caretaker.

‘Tough for Hasselbaink to survive’ – Analysis

Dave Fletcher, BBC Radio Derby’s Burton Albion commentator

One point from the first seven games of the season is always going to be tough for Hasselbaink to survive – especially as he had admitted after defeat by Port Vale he was going away to think about his future.

He clearly felt he was the right man for the job at that stage – that is no longer the case.

The poor run of form began towards the end of last season, with just a couple of wins in the last 14 matches and once that continued this campaign the outcome felt inevitable.

An EFL Cup exit at the hands of the Football League’s bottom side Rochdale clearly didn’t help as the Dutchman left saying he had taken the club as far as he could.

There was a pointed comment too when he mentioned “limited resources”, but he will have known that when he was appointed and the new man, whoever that may be, will have to work within similar constraints.

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