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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink agonised about taking over at QPR - especially as he was with a team who had just won promotion from League Two.

In the end, the former Chelsea forward gave Loftus Road the green light last December, although it was touch and go as he told the Burton Mail.

But first, there's a reminder above how his arrival in W12 was viewed.

"It was a very difficult decision for me to make, because I really believed in the squad and in the boys (at Burton)," admitted the Dutchman.

"It was a very difficult one to make and it was hard at the time. It was a decision in my life that I thought do I do it now or not?"

In truth, Burton's tiny budget with gates the fifth lowest in League One last season has seen them punch above their weight like a heavyweight boxer.

And for all the financial travails at Rangers, a neutral would have to admit potential is clearly bigger back in west London where JFH started his journey in English football 16 years ago.

"I thought at the time it was the right decision for me to make and would I do it again? Yes I would," he added.

Now Hasselbaink, who steered Rangers to a satisfactory a 12th is preparing for his first full season in the Championship. But so are the Brewers – who will meet up again with Hasselbaink and assistant David Oldfield twice next season – as equals.

"It's going to be a little bit strange, but it is what is," said Hasselbaink about welcoming Albion to Loftus Road. "I'm looking forward to it. We want them to do well and we wish them all the best – it's magnificent (for Albion to be in the Championship)."

It looks as if the Rs gaffer may have to settle for only one ex-Burton player as a summer recruit. Read below.

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