Leeds United appoint Hockaday as head coach

David Hockaday. Picture by Tony Johnson
David Hockaday. Picture by Tony Johnson

Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of David Hockaday as their new head coach.

The 56-year-old has signed a two-year deal at Elland Road and will be assisted by former Hull City player Junior Lewis.

Lewis was coaching at non-league Hendon but quit that job to join the backroom team at Leeds.

Little-known Hockaday, meanwhile, is back in football for the first time since he left his role as manager at Forest Green Rovers last October.

The former Watford assistant is a surprising and unpredictable choice by United owner Massimo Cellino, who launched his search for a new first-team boss after ending Brian McDermott’s reign on May 30.

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.

The club have made no comment at this stage on the future of coach Nigel Gibbs, who had been assistant to McDermott.

A brief Leeds statement read: “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.”