• News

Hasselbaink: Bolt can manipulate the media

Getty Images

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink implied that Usain Bolt is a media manipulator, while discussing his credentials as a footballer

The sprint king has captured headlines while on trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners for the past two months.

Bolt recently turned down a two-year contract offer from Maltese champions Valletta and his agent announced that they’ve received an offer from Mariners.

Although head coach Mike Mulvey claims to know nothing of Mariners’ alleged offer to Bolt.

Now Chelsea legend Hasselbaink has reflected on Bolt’s ability to use the media to his own advantage.

“You’re talking about Usain Bolt, he could manipulate the press however he wanted for all his career, ” Hasselbaink told Man on the Street TV host Rob Cornthwaite on his Twitter.

“So why do you think he can’t do it now?”

Bolt recently bagged his first two goals as a footballer in a friendly game for Mariners, which Hasselbaink praised him for.

“But still, it’s an achievement for him to score those two goals,” said the Dutchman.

“It’s one thing to run as fast as he can, but it’s another thing to switch professions.”

Hasselbaink is a former striker who played for the likes of Chelsea, Leeds United and Atletico Madrid.

The former Netherlands international scored 200 goals in 455 career matches before retiring in 2008.

Hasselbaink has since undergone managerial spells with Royal Antwerp, Burton Albion, Queens Park Rangers and Northampton Town.