Leeds United: Hockaday must get fair crack of the whip - Gray

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DAVE HOCKADAY has got his opportunity now at Leeds United and everybody has got to support him.

Like a lot of people, I don’t know much about him, but he must have impressed Massimo Cellino because he’s hired him, so, hopefully, things will work out for him.

You have got to be honest and say it was a bit of a surprise to see him appointed. But that does not mean to say he’s not going to be successful.

Everyone will have their chance to start with, in terms of the new coach and he will also bring in some players to the football club. Let’s hope it works for him.

Basically, the president wanted a coach and someone to run things with the first team and coach the players and get the best out of them. Dave seems to have confidence in his own ability and now he’s coach of Leeds United Football Club, everyone has got to support him. That’s the most important thing.

If he’s a good coach, he will have the players’ respect. That’s what it is all about. Football players are all the same and they will respond to working for somebody who knows the game and puts their ideas over in the right manner. Do that and people will get behind you, that’s the nature of football.

Everyone starts from scratch and we have got to give him an opportunity.

It’s a tough job for anybody, if Roy Hodgson was getting the Leeds job, it would be tough. People know that; looking at the past few seasons, people will see it has been a difficult job. Hopefully, he will bring the players in he thinks will turn the club around; that’s his job and it will be interesting to see how it goes.

Obviously, there’s a lot of talk following England’s exit from the World Cup. I thought they played all right, without being brilliant.

England have not really had the quality to win the Italy and Uruguay games, that’s got to be said.

In both games, England had a lot of possession of the ball, but couldn’t turn it into their advantage.

You look at the top players like Suarez, who hadn’t played for a long time. But when he got his opportunities, he stuck them away. He just has the little bit of genius which you need to win a game and England seem to have a lack of that.

Some people are saying that Roy Hodgson should now be sacked and I have got to say I think that is unfair.

The players worked hard for him, but you are only as good as your players. Before the World Cup, everyone was talking about the young players with England with potential and they have got them. But you need them to take things that bit further when you are playing the best teams in the world. That’s the difference and England fell just short.

It’s disappointing for everybody, but let’s face it, it was a tough group. Everyone thought Costa Rica would be the weakest team, but look how well they have done. They have surprised everybody.

Costa Rica were in a group of three previous World Cup winners and have qualified and are at the top of the group. You have just got to say fair play to them.

I have to got to say I have enjoyed the World Cup so far, especially the rise of some of these emerging countries.

Look at Iran, I thought they played terrifically well against Argentina. It just goes to show that if teams are organised and fit, then it can make them really difficult to beat. Iran definitely proved that on Saturday.

It took a winner in the 90th minute from the best player in the world to beat them. That is what it took to beat Iran, who also had their chances as well, don’t forget.

I have enjoyed the group games and let’s see what happens in the knock-out phases. Fair play to Ghana as well, who produced a good comeback against the Germans, too.

The best players have come to the fore so far, like Messi and Suarez and also high in the goalscoring charts are Robben and Van Persie from Holland, while the Germans have Muller and there’s also Klose, who got the equaliser against Ghana on Saturday.

I am looking forward to the next week of the tournament and how the knock-out phases start to pan out.

Pontus Jansson. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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