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Hasselbaink Unveiled As QPR Manager

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is the new manager of Queens Park Rangers, making him the fifth manager at the club in five years.

Hasselbaink, 43, takes over from Neil Warnock and becomes the fifth manager in as many years at the West London side. Hasselbaink had a long and distinguished career and played for clubs like Leeds and Chelsea.

With so much turbulence in recent years, including getting relegated from the Premier League last season, Hasselbaink was talking about stability at his unveiling. He also spoke about his philosophy of bringing up young English talent. Hasselbaink lead Burton Albion to promotion from League Two last season.

“I don’t want to talk about the past,” Hasselbaink told the Guardian. “It is the future that is important and we have to look at the bright future of QPR. We have to have stability, we have to have a way of working that everyone is proud of and part of and that’s not only the players – it’s also the staff, tea ladies and groundsmen. Engage, engage. engage. You have to feel welcomed and a part of it. Everybody has to be part of it.

“I feel that I have to bring through English players. I have to bring through younger English players. That’s how I was brought up in Holland. If I have a chance to bring a young player through at 18 or whatever age he is – and he is good enough – I will chuck him in. I will give him a chance.

“He has to bring something to the team. Otherwise you can’t do it and, if you do that, the senior player will have to understand. If they throw the dummy out, you pick it up and put it back in their mouth.”

QPR sits in 12th place in the Championship with 26 points in 19 games. The team is three points off a promotion playoff spot.

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