Leeds United appoint Hockaday as head coach

David Hockaday. Picture by Tony Johnson

David Hockaday. Picture by Tony Johnson

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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.”