WHISPER it quietly but Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink may just be engineering the great escape with Burton Albion.
The former Dutch international returned to Staffordshire on New Year’s Day with a colossal task in front of him.
The Brewers were stranded at the bottom of League One, with just two wins to their name and stuck on an optimism-sapping seven-game winless run.
But Hasselbaink is a man already worshiped on the terraces of the Pirelli Stadium.
In his first spell with the Brewers, the ex-Premier League Golden Boot winner wrote his name into club folklore by lifting the League Two title in 2015. He then left for QPR midway through the following season with Burton sitting proudly at the top of the League One table.
Following yesterday’s 2-0 win at Rochdale, the early stages of his return are following a similarly remarkable trajectory.
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