Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink replaces Justin Edinburgh at Northampton Town

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 04 September 2017, 18:32

Northampton Town will start their season at the second attempt after naming Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their new manager.

Last Thursday Northampton became the first club in the top-4 tiers of English football to sack their manager, Justin Edinburgh, who suffered the embarrassment of being the first managerial victim of the 2017/18 campaign.

Edinburgh's side had began the season woefully, losing each of their opening five and league cup games, before edging past League Two Cambridge on penalties in the Football League Trophy, which proved to be the 47-year-old's final game in charge.

The four successive defeats in League One left Northampton rooted to the bottom of the table, although they have played a game less than most teams.

Following the dismissal of Edinburgh the club's assistant manager David Kerslake, along with former Charlton boss Chris Powell and ex-Coventry gaffer Steven Pressley all found themselves in the frame for the vacancy, however it was Hasselbaink who swiftly emerged as the favourite for the post, and now the former QPR and Burton boss has officially been named as Edinburgh's successor in the dugout.

Northampton's chairman Kelvin Thomas told the club's website:

"Hasselbaink 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.

"We have sought a lot of advice and have spoken to and taken on board feedback from people who have worked with Jimmy before and those who have played against his teams.

"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 previously led Burton up to League One afer hoisting the League Two title in 2014/15. The following season, with the Brewers top of the third-tier, he opted to jump up to the Championship with QPR.

But, after registering only 13 wins in 47 matches, the Dutchman was axed by the R's back in November.

However, he's now back in the dugout after signing a three-year deal with Northampton, with whom he'll atempt to lead to their first league win in a dozen league matches when they face Darren Ferguson's Doncaster at Sixfields on Saturday.


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