HOT OR NOT: Hasselbaink's Burton rescue deserves plaudits

HOT OR NOT: Burton Albion’s revival under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink ranks among the feats of the season… while Tottenham’s Carabao Cup final loss proves Harry Kane is too good to stay

  • Burton were saved from dropping to League Two by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
  • Albion were bottom in January when the Chelsea legend took the reigns 
  • Harry Kane is too good for Tottenham and must leave this summer for his career

It’s Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail’s RIATH AL-SAMARRAI reveals what’s been making him feel warm and what’s been leaving him cold this week. 


Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

One of the lesser acknowledged management feats of the season, but what he has achieved at Burton Albion ranks with the most impressive. 

He arrived in January with Burton bottom of the League One table and eight points shy of the dotted line, but by the conclusion of last weekend he had them safe with three games to spare. 

Decent bounce, that.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink completed the comeback for Burton Albion by securing survival 

Michael Visacki

Golf can often present an artificial front, but there was nothing plastic or contrived about Visacki, who became the star of a one-minute clip that went viral. 

In it, the 27-year-old journeyman of small tours and £180 prizes is weeping to his dad over the phone after qualifying for his first PGA Tour event. It was nice.

Jessica Gadirova

The teenager travelled to the European gymnastics championships in Basle with modest expectations for her senior international debut.

The 16-year-old returned with a bronze medal, a silver medal and a gold medal.

No British gymnast has made a senior impact quite like that before.


Harry Kane

It’s time. He is too good to end his career without major trophies and by extension he is too good for Tottenham. 

Another defeat in a cup final might just accelerate that line of thinking, and it is likely lost on no-one that he is tailor-made for the team who inflicted it — Manchester City.

Harry Kane has to look elsewhere for the good of his career this summer as Spurs still stall 


Playing a bit of bat and ball while a country burns — it is hardly a great look, but on they go. 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India believe they are ‘spreading positivity’, but Covid is moving faster, with nearly 400,000 new cases a day in the country. 

They can call cricket a beacon of hope, and that might indeed be their wish. But it smells like something else.

DCMS select committee

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee had a rare chance to grill Gordon Taylor about football’s dementia crisis. 

What followed were a number of rambling tangents (from both sides of the screen), a weird dig at Alan Shearer from an MP and a failure to keep the union boss on track. 

They botched it. 

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