Former Chelsea striker also says Maurizio Sarri has had a good first season as Chelsea head coach
By Conor Costello
Last Updated: 21/05/19 5:36pm
0:54Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says the Championship play-off final will be a battle of two former Chelsea leaders
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says the Championship play-off final will be a battle of two former Chelsea leaders
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has paid tribute to the leadership qualities of his former Chelsea team-mates John Terry and Frank Lampard as they prepare to go head-to-head in the Championship play-off final.
Lampard has taken Derby to within one game of the Premier League during his first year as a manager, while Terry has been part of Dean Smith's backroom staff at Aston Villa.
The two sides face off at Wembley on Monday, live on Sky Sports, and Hasselbaink is not surprised by the successes Terry and Lampard have enjoyed in the dugout.
He said: "They have both got leadership. Frank is a lot quieter. JT was more vocal but you could see that he was a leader.
"You would always think JT would become a manager but Frank was a leader in his own right, not as vocal but always doing the right thing. Always leading forward, always taking people with him but more in a quieter way.
"They both have got that quality of being a leader and they both have won a lot in this game so they can give that experience to their players."
Hasselbaink also offered his thoughts on Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri, who he believes has had a good season despite facing fan protests in his first year in England.
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The Italian guided Chelsea to third in the Premier League, the final of the League Cup and is now preparing the Blues for an all-English showdown with Arsenal in the Europa League final.
However, Sarri's refusal to alter his tactics and his use of certain players, including N'Golo Kante and Callum Hudson-Odoi, led to Chelsea fans calling for his exit on more than one occasion.
But former Chelsea striker Hasselbaink believes it has already been a good season for his old club, saying: "I think at the beginning of the season the remit was to be in the Champions League. They've done that. That was always the objective, they had to be in the Champions League.
Sarri has faced protests from Chelsea's supporters at times this season
"They could not be two years in a row out of the Champions League, they've done that. They were in the final of the League Cup, they lost on penalties.
"They are in the Europa League final. If they win that, it's been a magnificent season. If they lose that, it's been a good season."
Hasselbaink was speaking as part of Coca-Cola's Premier League partnership, taking over Stamford Bridge with StreetGames.
Championship Play-Off final on Sky Sports
Watch Aston Villa vs Derby on Monday, May 27 on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football; Kick-off is at 3pm.
You can also follow all of the action from Wembley the on the Sky Sports App and skysports.com with our dedicated Play-Off final live blog, which will feature the best build-up, commentary and reaction.
New Scotland manager Steve Clarke says he will not be "chasing down" players who have retired from international football.
Speaking at his unveiling, Clarke said he plans to "sell my vision" to coax back those who made themselves unavailable under Alex McLeish.
James McArthur, Allan McGregor and Scott Brown have all retired.
"The door is open to everyone. If players have retired, they have to un-retire themselves," Clarke said.
"If they want to come back to the fold they have to get in touch with myself or the Scottish FA and say they want to make themselves available.
"I won't be chasing down players who have retired. I only want players who are 100% committed to Scotland."
While Clarke insists he won't go out his way to convince players to play for their country again, he does acknowledge he will speak to those who pulled out in recent months under his predecessor.
In the last international window, Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser, Cardiff's Callum Paterson and Sheffield Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher were among those unavailable for the 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan, the opening Euro 2020 qualifier.
McLeish also had nine players call off in November for the Nations League group game with Albania.
"It's down to me to have that conversation with them, to sell my vision of what we're going to do as a national team and how we'll approach this tournament," Clarke said, without referencing any individuals.
"A burning ambition of mine is to take Scotland to a major tournament. It should be the pinnacle of any players' career to get to a World Cup finals with their country."
'We need to make fans proud'
Clarke, who names his first squad next week before the qualifiers at home to Cyprus and away to Belgium in June, says managing Scotland is the "pinnacle" of his career.
He hopes to bring his Kilmarnock assistant Alex Dyer on board as his No.2 on a part-time basis. And he recognised a need to get the Scotland fans back on-side after the hostile mood at the end of the McLeish reign.
"It's not dissimilar to the situation when I took over at Kilmarnock, obviously on a completely different scale," Clarke said.
"We want to make the Tartan Army proud of their team. The numbers have dwindled but it's my job to make sure the players are focused.
"I'll give everything I have to qualify through the group stages. We have slipped up and have to pick up points - the two games in June are crucial."
Clarke the 'outstanding candidate' - Maxwell
Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell is thrilled to have landed Clarke and is convinced he can end the country's 22-year wait to reach a major tournament.
Scotland sit second bottom in their qualifying group after two games but have secured a Euro 2020 play-off semi-final via the Nations League.
"The board and myself have conducted a diligent and robust process with a number of high-quality candidates," Maxwell said. "Through each stage of this process, Steve jumped out as the outstanding candidate. He was very passionate about getting the job.
"The job he has done at Kilmarnock was incredible. We are absolutely delighted to have Steve's services. We think we absolutely have the right guy to get us to the Euros."
Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection and the club’s official data backup partner, held a pitch event at Emirates Stadium.
More than 200 partners and customers enjoyed a presentation and panel discussion on the importance of modern cyber protection, before taking to the pitch to compete in the Acronis World Cup alongside the legendary Robert Pires.
Acronis founder and chief executive officer Serguei Beloussov joined Arsenal IT director Christelle Heikkila to discuss the importance of protecting data, whilst former players Pires and Paul Dickov explained how data was used during their playing days.
“As football has progressed, we have had to become a lot more scientific in terms of the decisions we make,” explained Heikkila. “Data is vital in this process. It helps us to make informed decisions across important areas of our business, including how to improve player performance.
“That is why we have partnered with Acronis and why we use the data-cloud solution. They store, backup and allow us to easily recover the video data from training sessions that we require to make the correct decisions.”
We’re delighted to announce Mastercard as the first major official partner for Arsenal Women Football Club, the most successful English women’s football team in history.
The partnership, which brings together the recently crowned Women’s Super League (WSL) champions with one of the world’s most active sponsors of major sporting events, sends a powerful signal in the game and adds a new dimension to the club’s rich history.
Mastercard’s investment will support our ongoing ambition to be at the top of the women’s game.
Arsenal Women’s general manager, Clare Wheatley, said: “This partnership is an exciting new chapter for us. The women’s game has grown exponentially in recent years, allowing more people around the world to experience and follow women’s football.
“The support from across the club and our fans has enabled us to win the Women’s Super League this season and qualify for the Uefa Champions League next season - and this partnership will help us to take our game to the next level.”
Arsenal’s managing director, Vinai Venkatesham, added: “Arsenal Women has such a rich history of success and the club’s longstanding commitment to growing and developing the women’s game has ensured the team has stayed at the top of their game for more than 30 years.
“We’re the most successful women’s football team in England - something we’re all incredibly proud of at Arsenal – but we don’t want to stop there. Partnering with a global player like Mastercard is a huge statement for women’s sport.
“The partnership will help us build on our success, but it will also promote the women’s game globally and continue to develop and attract the world’s best talent, and inspire generations of young sportswomen.”
Raja Rajamannar, Mastercard’s chief marketing and communications officer, said: “By investing significantly in women's football, as a professional and influential sport, we have an opportunity to directly impact the lives of athletes and help build sustainable programmes to which girls and women around the world can aspire.”
Arsenal Women have won 60 trophies in their history and are the world’s most-followed women’s sports team on Facebook, with nearly 5 million likes. Mastercard, which has been a longstanding advocate of the importance of diversity, inclusion and integrity in sport, is partnering with Arsenal Women to raise awareness, increase investment, professionalism and competition in the game in general.
Arsenal’s commercial director, Peter Silverstone, concluded: “This partnership is extremely important for the growth of the women’s game.
‘Mastercard’s partnership with us isn’t just an investment into our own team, but is a powerful statement for the women’s game at large. We’re delighted that Mastercard has partnered with our women’s team to help the brand reach a broader audience to show its investment in, and commitment to, women’s sport.”