Although a number of Leeds United fans are not pleased with the appointment of David Hockaday as the head coach, but, Dale Vince, the chairman of Forest Green Rovers (a 5th division team in English football) reckons that the 56-year old deserved that opportunity.
After the departure of Brian McDermott, somebody with a high profile and a lot of experience was expected to be named as the next man in charge at the club, but, , the Leeds board decided to go with Hockaday much to the surprise of the fans.
Hockaday has only been in charge of one team in his 4-year managerial career so far and that team is the Forest Green Rovers. To pick a man from the 5th tier and give him such a big responsibility, it’s a bold move by Leeds United and now, it would be interesting to see if Hockaday manages to repay the faith of the owners or not.
Vince reckons that his former employee is not a bad choice at all for Leeds united. Talking to the reporters yesterday, the Forest Green head said, “David has got a great footballing brain. Apart from that, he has got other qualities too. He’s loyal and he puts 100% effort in his job. That’s what you want from your manager. He deserved to have this opportunity to showcase his potential. I want to see him doing wonders at Leeds. I have had a chat with him and I have wished him all the luck.”
“He’s actually been appointed as head coach and not as manager and that’s pretty interesting. He will not have to take care of the recruitments. The president (Massimo Cellino) would do that and it would certainly reduce some pressure from David’s shoulders.”