Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

QPR Begin Talks with Burton Boss Hasselbaink

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

QPR Begin Talks with Burton Boss Hasselbaink

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent

IMMY Floyd Hasselbaink today opened talks with Queens Park Rangers about becoming their new manager.

JRangers made an official approach to Burton Albion for the 43-year-old Dutchman and hope to appoint him this week.

Hasselbaink took charge of the League One leaders for their game against Millwall last night but that is likely to be his final match before taking over at Loftus Road.

Burton have always said they will not stand in Hasselbaink's way if QPR come in for him and the two clubs will discuss a compensation package.

Hasselbaink will replace Chris Ramsey, who was sacked on November 4 if negotiations are successful.

Former Chelsea and Middlesbrough striker Hasselbaink took over at Burton last November and guided them to the League Two title in his first season in charge.

He is set to leave with the club two points clear in League One after their 2-1 victory last night. He has won 32 of his 50 games, losing just eight.

Neil Warnock, who has been in charge at QPR on an interim basis since the sacking of Ramsey, is likely to remain at the helm for tomorrow's trip to Reading, but Hasselbaink could be in the stands at the Madejski Stadium.

Meanwhile, Mark Warburton says he is growing tired of speculation linking him with the Fulham job because questions about his future are disrespectful to Rangers.

Fulham are thought to have turned their attention to the former Brentford manager after missing out on Steve Clarke and Gary Rowett.

Warburton has been installed as the favourite to replace Kit Symons but the 53-year-old is fed up being asked about the vacant manager's position at Craven Cottage.

He has again stressed he is committed to Rangers and insists he is going nowhere. "We are into a long-term project at Rangers and we are in a good place right now," said Warburton. …

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