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.