DAVID Hockaday's potential shock appointment at Leeds United is gathering momentum with chairman Massimo Cellino insisting the club's next head coach will be British.

The former Forest Green boss, who coached Watford to  Premier League glory in a play-off final victory over Leeds eight years ago, is the surprise front runner for the post at Elland Road with Cellino favouring a coach rather than a manager.

"I have always said I wanted a British coach for this club," the 57-year-old told Sky Sports. "I am a man of my word and that is still the case.

"I am meeting three British coaches for talks on Saturday and want to get someone in place soon.

"I want someone to take care of the preparation of the team, the training, the tactics and so on," he said. "Not the recruitment or the contracts, which I will take care of. The job is a coach, not a manager, which is an important difference."