Review and Photo Copyright © Graham Finney
If you grew up in the ‘90s and were a football fan then the names Gordon Strachan and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be familiar to you. The former had an illustrious career which included time at Aberdeen, Leeds United and Manchester United as well as stints on the sidelines as manager of Coventry City and Celtic. The Dutchman on the other hand spent time as a player at a number of clubs including Leeds United and Athletico Madrid.
To say both men have earned their stripes in the sport is an understatement and, given their lengthy careers, both on and off the field, bringing the two football legends together for an evening would surely give football fans a guaranteed evening of entertaining stories and honest opinions about the game they’ve have both given so much to. Well, it doesn’t take long before both Strachan and Hasselbaink are into the swing of things with both men reminiscing openly about the harsh reality of the game during that time. Discussing the infamous Alex Ferguson “hairdryer” treatment, the ups and downs of their careers and plenty more entertaining stories including the Scotsman revealing exactly why Eric Cantona was sold. Watching the pair laugh and joke on stage, it’s fair to say that both players look back on the both the good and bad times of their careers as both players and managers with fondness.
A show of two halves, the second half was handed over to the pair fielding questions from the audience with Strachan and Hasselbaink talking candidly about their thoughts on Leeds United’s chances of winning the Championship this year, the good and the bad players and whether they’d ever been asked to manage Leeds United. Again the pair answered each question honestly with Strachan being particular vocal about his dislike of a certain Argentinian called Diego.
The ninety-odd minutes flew by as both Strachan and Hasselbaink gave an interesting insight into their experiences in the game to fans who left having been thoroughly entertained by two legends of the sport.