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.”