Leeds United: Former head coach Hockaday joins Coventry City

David Hockaday
David Hockaday
7
Have your say

EX-LEEDS UNITED head coach David Hockaday has been appointed as the new Professional Development coach at Coventry City for the rest of the season.

Hockaday was famously sacked after just 70 days at the Leeds helm at the end of August, after winning just two of his six matches in charge at Elland Road.

The north-easterner, the left-field choice to replace Brian McDermott in the summer, returned to football in November, taking up an advisory role with Southern Division One South and West outfit Swindon Supermarine.

Hockaday had been keen to return to the Football League and has now joined the Sky Blues, having previously coached at Watford, Milton Keynes Dons and Southampton before moving into management at Conference side Forest Green Rovers - before heading to Leeds as head coach in June.

On the appointment of Hockaday, Coventry chief executive Steve Waggott said: “This is a pivotal role within the club and we are delighted to have Dave on board.

“Dave’s vast amount of experience at Academy and first-team level made him the ideal candidate to take on the position, and he is widely respected within the game as a brilliant coach.”

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley said: “I’m delighted to welcome Dave to the football club and looking forward to working alongside him.

“Whilst working with the Under-21s, he will also work alongside me and Neil MacFarlane with the first-team throughout the week, and I believe his experience will help bridge the gap between the Under-21s and the first-team.”

Chris Wood controls a high ball against Fulham at Elland Road on Tuesday night. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Leeds United: Midfielder Alioski’s backing striker Wood to weigh in with the goals