Stars of Chelsea’s pre-Roman Abramovich period are shunning the softly-furnished world of the full-time TV punditry in increasing numbers, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink the latest to heed the call of an English club.
His task is to arrest the slump at League Two Burton Albion, who have won just three times in 12 games since they pinged the lids at the season’s genesis.
If the fast-starting record of other managers who plied their playing trade at Stamford Bridge either side of the millennium are any kind of guide the Dutchman will be able to do just that.
West Ham finished ninth in their first campaign under Gianfranco Zola, who also took Watford to the Championship playoff final in his debut term at Vicarage Road.
Meanwhile Steve Clarke gaffered West Brom to the dizzy heights of eighth in his rookie year while Roberto Di Matteo snared the Champions League when thrust into the Chelsea hotseat.
Admittedly the jury is still out on latest Hornets coach Slavisa Jokanovic.
Hasselbaink has clearly inherited a decent side from predecessor Gary Rowett – who answered Birmingham City’s call – after all they won eight of their first nine games.
The Brewers remain 29/20 to be promoted and sit in fifth place despite their recent sickly spell, while the 7/1 about them winning the title seems generous as they lie but a win from top spot.
Twice a striker of sufficient quality to be Premier League top goalscorer, the Dutchman signed off his playing career at Cardiff in 2008 and the bwin layers aren’t taking any chances about him lacing up his boots at some point in 2014/15 at 7/1.
Success at the Pirelli Stadium is clearly expected too, with Hasselbaink as short as 14/1 to be managing in the Premier League by the September 1, 2017.