Former Chelsea, Leeds and Atletico Madrid striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is in advanced talks with FA bosses over a deal to join Gareth Southgate’s coaching staff in charge of the England men’s team.
He is set to replace Chris Powell, who has came to the end of his agreed cycle after the World Cup, and his contract has expired.
Hasselbaink, who won 23 caps for the Netherlands and scored nine international goals, has been out of work since resigning as Burton Albion manager last September.
His two spells as Burton boss mean he is well acquainted with England’s base at St George’s Park, which is where the League One club train, just a few miles from Burton-upon-Trent.
Sky Sports News has been told Southgate approached Hasselbaink about the position after Powell – who’s been part of the coaching team for the last two major tournaments – told the England boss he wants to focus on his job as head of coaching at Tottenham’s academy.
The legal paperwork has yet to be finalised on the deal.
It continues the FA’s commitment to improving diversity in football, by giving opportunities to more Black coaches within England’s teams.
Former England international Ashley Cole and ex-Guyana manager Michael Johnson are part of the U21s coaching staff, alongside Joleon Lescott.
Jason Euell, Marcus Bignot, Omer Riza and Matthew Thorpe have all been involved with the England junior teams.