Burnley boss hoping to ruin new QPR boss Hasselbaink's Loftus Road bow

Burnley boss Sean Dyche will he hoping he has more success against new QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as a manager than he did as a player.
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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

The former Netherlands international, who succeeded Chris Ramsey at Loftus Road, faces his first game in the Hoops' hotseat against the Clarets in the Championship tomorrow.

The Suriname-born striker, who had guided Burton Albion to the summit of League One having been crowned champions of the fourth tier last season, went up against Dyche twice as a player.

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Hasselbaink netted in the first meeting for Leeds United in a two-legged League Cup tie in September 1997 as they beat Bristol City 4-3 on aggregate.

He then scored from the spot for Chelsea as they beat Watford 4-1 in a pre-season friendly at Vicarage Road in 2003.

"I played against him a couple of times," said Dyche. "I'll have you know that he was terrific and I wasn't! There was only dribs and drabs when he was at Forest as a staff member.

"I played against him in Bristol City-Leeds in the cup. He scored, it was a good finish. I think he ran across me at the near post.

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"And then Chelsea in pre-season when I was at Watford. I think he played 60 minutes or half a game or something like that."

Dyche respects and admires the job that the 43-year-old carried out at the Pirelli Stadium and is expecting to see a response from both players and fans on his managerial debut tomorrow.

"You usually expect a response from the players, you usually expect a response from the crowd, the players will all be on red alert because a new manager has walked in and you presume they'll all want to play," he said.

"I would imagine Jimmy has done some fitness work with them, most managers do, I imagine he'll have done some organisational work with them, I would imagine he's kept them out there for long periods to make sure his message gets across and I imagine he's done his best to get them ready, as will I. The whistle blows and we'll get on with it.

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"It's not relevant to us, that's for other people to worry about. We look at ourselves, we know we'll have good support there because we do everywhere, and we look at the clarity of our players' minds, not worrying about everyone else."

Dyche added: "He seems to have done a very good job at Burton. I must make it clear that I thought he spoke superbly well when he was at Burton and that's because he took on a team that was already doing well and he paid respects to the outgoing manager and what he found when he went in there as manager. I always look at that as a real mark of respect. I did like that about him.

"Having met him a couple of times he wasn't lacking in confidence. It's yet to be seen but he'll take on the challenge readily as every manager does. They all know it's fraught with danger in the Championship with expectation and trying to achieve them. It's his first chance of it.

"The Championship is fraught with change, we all know that, but it’s still a great division and a really high level of football.

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"I’m not sure if this is by number of fans or money but I think they say it’s the fifth most powerful league in Europe. It’s a very high level to be working at.

"Jimmy wants to make his way and he’s been given a chance to do that and he’s taking it. It’s hard for managers to turn it down when it comes to a club in the Championship. Particularly one like QPR."