Diversity key to Hasselbaink's hiring as England coach, says Southgate

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s hiring as an England assistant coach was partly motivated by FA’s commitment to diversity, reveals Gareth Southgate, with his former Middlesbrough team-mate to mainly work with forwards

  • Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been appointed as an assistant England coach
  • His appointment was partially motivated by the FA’s commitment to diversity
  • Gareth Southgate said the Dutch coach would ‘bring a presence’ and ‘energy’

Gareth Southgate has explained that the appointment of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as an assistant England coach was motivated in part by the FA’s ongoing commitment to diversity.

Hasselbaink, who Southgate played with at Middlesbrough, has joined the national team set up after the departure of Chris Powell.

The former Dutch international, who also played for Leeds and Chelsea during an eleven-year spell in England, will predominantly work with England’s forwards.

Asked if he had considered appointing an English coach, Southgate said: ‘Chris’s placement had finished with us and we wanted to keep that diversity in our coaching team.

‘There aren’t, at the moment, a huge number of black coaches who have the UEFA Pro Licence and have the experience.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s appointment as an England coach was partially motivated by the FA’s commitment to diversity, Gareth Southgate has revealed

England currently employ two black coaches, Ashley Cole (left) and Joleon Lescott (right picture, right) in the U21s set-up

Southgate said the Dutch coach, who he played with at Middlesbrough, would ‘bring a presence’ and ‘energy’

‘Of course, there’s always a desire to develop English coaches and I spend a large amount of my time delivering on the Pro Licence and A Licence.

‘In that role before we had Alan Russell who is Scottish and we have Marg [Martyn Margetson] who is Welsh.

‘You’d like to have an English staff across the board but there is strength in having other personalities as well.

‘Jimmy will bring a presence. He’s got great energy. He has a high interest in the tactical side of the game. He’s typically Dutch, a student. I think he’s going to bring a lot to our coaching team.’ 

England currently have two black English coaches working with the Under-21s, Ashley Cole and Joleon Lescott.

Asked if it was a worry that there were no available black English coaches, Southgate said: ‘I didn’t say that. There are some great young coaches. But people are in club jobs as well. I have to be clear. I’m not saying that at all.

‘But I like what Jimmy brings and the diversity of the coaching team was key.’

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