BREAKING NEWS: Leeds United confirm departure of former Forest Green boss David Hockaday

BREAKING NEWS: Leeds United confirm departure of former Forest Green boss David Hockaday

HAPPIER TIMES: David Hockaday and Massimo Cellino Pic: Yorkshire Post

GONE:Junior Lewis (left) and David Hockaday

First published in Gloucestershire Sport Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

LEEDS United can confirm that former Forest  Green boss  David Hockaday’s contract with the club has been terminated with immediate effect.

Hockaday joined the Championship outfit in June on a two-year deal after leaving Forest Green by mutual consent last October following a four-year spell at The New Lawn.

The 56-year-old former Watford and Southampton coach gained just one win in Leeds' four opening Championship games.

Club president Massimo Cellino said: “I’d like to thank David for his efforts over the last two and a half months but the results since the start of the season have meant we needed to act and make this decision.

“After the defeat at Bradford I realised that my decision to keep David at the club following the defeat at Watford was wrong and I had to change my mind on the coaches position.

“As a club we will now begin our search for a new head coach.”

Cellino revealed on Sunday night that he had considered sacking the man he appointed in the summer to succeed Brian McDermott following a dismal 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

But his change of heart clearly didn’t last long, with Wednesday night’s 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to local rivals Bradford City proving the final straw .

Leeds also confirmed Hockaday’s assistant Junior Lewis will leave the club and that reserve team/developement squad manager Neil Redfearn will take temporary charge of the side.

 

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