Cellino Unveils Hockaday
In a move that may upset many loyal fans of Leeds United, outsider David Hockaday has somehow managed to convince Italian multi-millionaire Cellino that he has the credentials to take over Championship side Leeds United. Former Hull City player Junior Lewis also joins as Hockaday's assistant.
Hockaday has coached with a number of prominent sides, including Leicester City and MK Dons, but he is taking full control of a Football League squad for the first time.
A brief statement on the Leeds United Official Website said: Leeds United are pleased to announce that David Hockaday has been appointed to the position of head coach.
“The 56-year-old has signed a two-year contract and will assume overall responsibility for the coaching staff and first-team playing squad with immediate effect.
“David arrives at Elland Road with a vast amount of coaching experience and was integral to the management team at Watford that gained promotion to the Premier League in 2006.”
The statement added: “Leeds United’s new head coach will be joined by former Leicester City midfielder Junior Lewis.”
Shockwaves reverberated around the Leeds United fanbase when Hockaday became a shock leading candidate for the role with the bookies shortly after former boss Brian McDermott was sacked as head coach.
The appointment of the former Blackpool and Swindon defender is sure to spark a fresh wave of indignation on social media websites among Leeds supporters who had been hoping for a bigger name to lead the club’s promotion challenge in the Sky Bet Championship next season.
Other possible names for the role were former Leeds player and manager Gary MacAllister and Reading youth coach Eamonn Dolan were thrown around social media sites but it was Hockaday who ultimately took the job at Elland Road.
David Hockaday had previously been a right-hand man to Aidy Boothroyd at Watford in their Premier League promotion season back in 2006. Since then, he has taken the management role at Skrill Premier side Forest Green Rovers, and on one of the highest budgets in the league, still managed to send them down into the lower regions of the Conference leagues.
Hockaday did not share any surprise about his appointment.