David Hockaday sacked by Leeds: Head coach shown exit after just six games as Massimo Cellino wields axe yet again

Neil Redfearn will lead the team for the visit of Bolton Wanderers this weekend

Leeds’ bizarre experiment with David Hockaday ended after just six games as their owner, Massimo Cellino, sacked his head coach.

Hockaday – whose previous managerial experience  consisted of four years in charge at non-league Forest Green Rovers – has lost four of his games in charge and lasted barely 10 weeks in the role.

His end came the day after an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Bradford in the Capital One Cup and four days after  Cellino backed out of a decision to sack him in the wake of a 4-1 humbling at Watford. Cellino said at the time he had chosen to blame himself and not Hockaday, but the man known in Italy as the “manager eater” has now pulled the trigger for a third time since  arriving in Yorkshire in January,  infamously sacking and  reinstating Brian McDermott inside 24 hours back in February.

“I’d like to thank David for his efforts over the last two and a half months,” Cellino said. “But the results since the start of the season have meant we needed to act and make this decision.

“After the defeat at Bradford I realised my decision to keep David at the club following the defeat at Watford was wrong and I had to change my mind on the coach’s position. As a club we will now begin our search for a new head coach.”

Hockaday said on Tuesday he would be able to guide the club back into the Champions League and that he was discussing possible transfer targets with Cellino.

“This guy wants Leeds to be in the Champions League, he does. I believe over time that will happen,” said Hockaday. “I think it’s inevitable. The timescale I don’t know, I want to be part of that journey, a big part of that journey. I am going to fight tooth and nail to be here for as long as I can, to be as successful as I can.”

Hockaday’s assistant, Junior Lewis, has also lost his job. Neil Redfearn will lead the team for the visit of Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

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