Jimmy's Royal Call

Hasselbaink at Forest

Congratulations to former First team Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who has got a manager’s job in Belgium with Royal Antwerp. The club are probably most famous as being a stamping ground for many a Manchester United youngster in the last decade or so, seeing as they have a long term tie in with United. Players like John O’Shea, Ryan Shawcross, Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson all had stints there as well as former Forest loanees Danny Higginbotham and Lee Martin.

Jimmy ‘s departure from the club was one that a number of fans lamented. He always seemed to have drive and grit and determination for the club, and was often seen hurtling down the line at the ends of games to collect a ball to quickly get it back in play, or haranguing a third official.

Bought to the club he survived the McClaren dismissal, staying during the Cotterill era, and then also retained by Sean O’Driscoll, he was culled during the McLeish take over. There had been rumours after McLeish dismissal he may have been offered the Forest job, which of course turned out to be false.

So good luck in the Belgian second flight Jimmy.