Leeds United announce Hockaday as head coach

Leeds United have announced former Forest Green boss Dave Hockaday as Brian McDermott's successor

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Questions have been raised about the appointment of Dave Hockaday who's previous managerial experience is limited to four seasons at non-league Forest Green.

But the Italian, who took ownership of the club during last season, says it was more important to get the right man ahead of a high profile name:

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Speaking at the unveiling of Dave Hockaday as the club's new head coach Cellino assured fans he would not be leaving:

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Hockaday announced as Cellino's top man

Leeds United have announced Dave Hockaday as their new head coach to work alongside recently appointed football consultant Benito Carbone.

Cellino and new coach Dave Hockaday
Cellino and new coach Dave Hockaday Credit: Leeds United

The 56-year-old's most recent football job was as manager of Forest Green Rovers in the Conference Premier Division. He left by mutual consent in October last year after two tenth place finishes and two relegation scraps.

Hockaday has also coached around the country at Southampton, Leicester and Watford and is credited with starting the country's first ever football academy in 1995.

His model has since been adopted throughout the UK and it earned him a role on Graham Taylor's staff at Watford.

Hockaday previously worked at Southampton
Hockaday previously worked at Southampton Credit: Press Association

Hockaday did not share in any surprise about his appointment.

He said: "Is it a surprise? No, it isn't, because of my background and the fact that I'm a very experienced coach and the president wanted an experienced British coach. I tick all the boxes and intend to take it with both hands."

It was widely assumed that Hockaday would have little to no input in who Leeds will be signing, but he added: "I have spoken to the president about a number of players. There will be changes."

He played over 500 times for clubs including Hull City, Blackpool and Swindon.

The Whites have also announced that Junior Lewis will be Hockaday's assistant.

Junior Lewis
Junior Lewis Credit: Press Association

Lewis has coaching experience at Bradford City as well as Wycombe Wanderers and non-league Hendon.

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Dave Hockaday Credit: Press Association

It is understood that former Southampton coach, Dave Hockaday, will be appointed by Massimo Cellino as the man to spearhead his new reign at the Elland Road club.

56-year-old Hockaday, who departed Forest Green Rovers by mutual consent in October last year, has previously worked as coach at Watford and Leicester.