Coventry set to open talks with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 13 December 2016, 11:08

Coventry City are set to open talks with the former QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as they take a step closer to appointing their next permanent manager.

Back in September Coventry parted ways with gaffer Tony Mowbray after 18 months, with Mark Venus stepping up to take charge of the first team.

Venus enjoyed a bright start, winning seven of his opening 11 league and cup games - losing only twice - but the Sky Blues have struggled of late, losing five of their last six matches in all competitions.

In fact Saturday's 3-1 loss at Southend means that the West Midland's outfit have now been beaten in each of their last five League One games, leaving the free-falling club in the relegation zone, one point adrift of safety.

Interim boss Venus has subsequently come under pressure from the fans, and in the aftermath of Saturday's defeat the dispirited 49-year-old stated that Coventry need a new manager at the helm as soon as possible.

The latest developments could well see Hasselbaink come in as Mowbray's successor as he looks for a way back into management following his departure from QPR last month.

The Dutchman endured a frustrating 11-month spell in charge of the Hoops - winning just 27% of his 47 matches - but memorably led Burton up into the third-tier of English Football back in 2014/15.

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