Former PL Golden Boot winner Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink named manager at QPR

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been appointed boss at Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

The 43-year-old Dutchman won the Premier League Golden Boot twice, in 1998-99 with Leeds United and in 2000-01 with Chelsea. He is the league’s 12th-highest scorer of all-time with 127 goals to his name.

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Queens Park Rangers were relegated from the top flight last season after finishing with a league-low 30 points.

Chris Ramsey was sacked in early November as the club struggled, replaced by former Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock on an interim basis. Warnock managed his final game for the club on Thursday, a last-minute 1-0 victory which pushed QPR up to 11th on the Championship table.

Hasselbaink started his managerial career with Belgian club Royal Antwerp for one season. He then took over for English League Two side Burton Albion last November, where he had great success. Hasselbaink led Burton to their first-ever League Two title his first year in charge, and currently has the club at the top of League One.

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Despite having no managerial experience at this level, Hasselbaink’s record at Burton is extremely impressive. He won 33 of 54 matches in charge at the club, good for a winning percentage of over 61-percent.

Hasselbaink will be tasked with trying to lead the club back to the Premier League just one season after relegation. Sitting 11th on the table, QPR are just two points out of the Championship play-off.