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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: Northampton Town appoint former Chelsea star as new manager

Northampton Town have appointed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their new manager on a three-year contract.

The 45-year-old replaces Justin Edinburgh who was sacked last week following a poor start to the season.

Dutchman Hasselbaink led Burton Albion to the League Two title in 2015, before moving on to QPR later that year.

As a player, he scored just shy of 200 goals in a career that saw him represent the likes of Atlético Madrid, Leeds United and Chelsea.

Hasselbaink takes over from Justin Edinburgh who was dismissed last week. Credit: PA

We had two targets that we wanted to speak to initially and following discussions with myself and then other members of the board, Jimmy became our top choice so we are pleased to be able to secure his services.

He 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.

– Kelvin Thomas, Northampton Town chairman

Hasselbaink, who has been out of work since he was sacked by QPR in November 2016, inherits a Cobblers side that are still searching for their first points of the season and are currently bottom of League One.

His first game in charge of the club will be against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday and chairman Kelvin Thomas has asked for fans to get behind the team as they head into a new era.

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"We are delighted to have been able to make this appointment, and we now have two very important home games coming up, against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday and Portsmouth on Tuesday September 12th," Thomas said.

"We look forward to seeing big crowds at both games to welcome Jimmy to Northampton and to support the team."