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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is starting his managerial career in Belgium

The former Blue will create yet another connection between Chelsea and Belgium, starting his managerial career in the second tier of Belgian football

We have no images of Hasselbaink in our collection, but here's one of Antwerp from the 1920 Olympics
We have no images of Hasselbaink in our collection, but here's one of Antwerp from the 1920 Olympics
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Former Chelsea player Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be starting his managerial career at Royal Antwerp. His appointment was confirmed by the club earlier today, and the ex-Chelsea man had the following to say about his first managerial post:

"I am very excited about the opportunity. To start my managerial career here was an attractive proposition because the city's history speaks for itself and the fans are very passionate."

"To see fans who give their team unconditional support like that, makes you want to give your all as a player or manager."

"Our first goal is to challenge for promotion and build from there. We hope to do that by playing attractive, attacking football and with the help of the fans we can make this project work. This is a fantastic club that has been underachieving for several years – a sleeping giant. The hard work starts now."

For those of you unfamiliar, Hasselbaink was with Chelsea from 2000-2004. He's the club's 12th all-time leading goalscorer, with 87 goals during his Chelsea tenure. Royal Antwerp are currently in the second division of Belgian football, and have been a mid-table side there for the past several years.

Best of luck to Hasselbaink in his first managerial assignment, and I think I speak for just about all Chelsea fans when I wish him a long career filled with loads of success.

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