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Cellino: Thorp Arch is not a lucky place

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has announced his intention to move the club's training facilities away from Thorp Arch.

In a press conference to unveil the club's new head coach, Dave Hockaday, Cellino spoke at length about his management and plans to develop new facilities.

The Italian explained to gathered reporters why he is not on good terms with the team's current facilities:

Cellino: McCormack is staying

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino says the club's leading goal scorer will be staying at the club this summer.

It was reported that bids had been made for the Scottish striker, but Cellino said despite the club's debts they are not desperate to sell the player to generate funds.

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


Leeds United unveil Hockaday

Massimo Cellino has unveiled Dave Hockaday as the club's new head coach.

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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.


Sources: Leeds United to unveil new manager on Wednesday

ITV Calendar understands that Leeds United are preparing to unveil their new manager on Wednesday.

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.

WY Police claim Leeds Utd moved goalposts over policing costs

Leeds United's Elland Road stadium Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Leeds United lawyers were today accused of "moving the goal posts" in the closing stages of their High Court tie with West Yorkshire Police over matchday policing costs.

The club is seeking more than £2.5 million from the force after winning an Appeal Court ruling over what it should and should not have to pay for.

In a marathon legal battle, it had objected to being forced to contribute to the policing costs in an "extended footprint" around the Elland Road stadium.

The case is back in court again this week as a High Court judge, Sir David Eady, is being asked to determine how big a refund the club is due.

Police lawyers say the club is due no more than the £1,238,816 it has already been refunded.

And they have now accused the club of changing its case in a bid for a rebate for policing which it had always previously accepted it should pay for.

John Beggs QC said the club had always accepted it was liable to contribute to policing in areas "owned, leased or controlled" by Leeds.

But it had now "moved the goal posts" and contested charges for policing some areas of private land close to the ground, referred to in court as "green" and "blue" because of how they are represented on maps in the legal bundle.

"Leeds United never contested the charges in the green or blue land, they accepted those charges," he told the judge.

"They could have done so, but didn't - and they should not be allowed now to re-argue it."

He said the club had shown during protests in February that it was capable of control over those areas of land.

"Leeds United is capable of exercising complete control, whether by deployment of stewards, preventing the public parking or by restricting vendors," he added.

"They could exercise complete control, if they so chose."

In the appeal case last year, the club successfully argued that hundreds of officers involved in crowd control around the stadium were only doing their public duty.Final judgment will be reserved until a later date.ends.

Leeds United seeks to claw back matchday policing costs

Leeds United seek to claw back policing costs Credit: PA

Lawyers for Leeds United FC have been at the High Court in London today, seeking to claw back £2.5 million from West Yorkshire Police in a row over the cost of matchday policing.

The club has objected to having to contribute to policing costs around its Elland Road stadium and won a marathon Appeal Court battle against the force last year.

Leeds secured a ruling that it was only liable for the costs of officers deployed inside the ground, having successfully argued that hundreds of officers involved in crowd control around the stadium were only doing their public duty.

Today, the club's lawyers were at the High Court in London, seeking to claw back £2,520,294 from the force, saying that was the amount of the policing over-charge, including interest, between 2008 and last year. However, the force's legal team are fighting the case every inch of the way.

The High Court hearing is set to continue tomorrow.

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