Born in Suriname, Jimmy’s formative footballing career began in Holland with Eerste Divisie side Telstar and AZ Aalkmaar before a move to Portugal brought a goal laden spell with Boavista and a Portuguese Cup Winners medal. Jimmy then burst onto the English football scene with a £2m to Leeds United scoring on his Premier League debut against Arsenal and going on to net 34 times in two seasons at Elland Road and picking up a Golden Boot Award as joint top scorer in 1998-99.
Atletico Madrid splashed out £12m to take his explosive scoring talents to Spain where he scored 24 times in just 34 league appearances but a year later Chelsea paid a club record £15m to bring Jimmy back to England and they were rewarded with 87 goals, many of them spectacular finishes, in 177 games over four years After leaving Stamford Bridge in 2004 Jimmy moved to Middlesbrough finding the net on a regular basis and helping the Teesiders to the UEFA Cup Final.
Spells with Charlton Athletic and Cardiff City brought the curtain down on his playing career, culminating with an FA Cup final appearance with the Bluebirds in 2008. As a full international Jimmy made his debut for the Dutch national side aged 26 and went on to score nine times on the international stage featuring at the 1998 World Cup.
After dipping his toe in the coaching waters with Conference South side Woking, Jimmy returned to Chelsea to work with the U16s side whilst working towards his UEFA ‘B’ and ‘A’ licences. In July 2011 former Middlesbrough and England manager Steve McClaren appointed Jimmy to his Nottingham Forest coaching staff leaving the club in January 2013 when then manager Shaun O’Driscoll departed the City Ground.
May 2013 saw Jimmy appointed to his first managerial role when he was asked to take over Belgian second division side Royal Antwerp. After finishing seventh in his first full season Jimmy turned down an offer to remain at the club to pursue an English managerial career.
In his first full season as the Brewers boss, Burton won League Two, ensuring League One status for the first time in the club's history.