Hockaday keen to prove his worth

19 June 2014 01:46

Leeds' new head coach Dave Hockaday has vowed to win over the club's fans following his surprise appointment at Elland Road on Thursday.

Hockaday's only previous managerial experience was at Conference side Forest Green Rovers, who he left by mutual consent after a run of seven defeats in eight matches last October.

But the 56-year-old former Watford coach, who has signed a two-year contract before being unveiled alongside new assistant Junior Lewis at Elland Road, appeared undaunted by the task that lies ahead.

"I wasn't surprised to get the call because I'd spoken to lots of people and when I met the president (Massimo Cellino) and he talked it was very obvious he knew what he was talking about," Hockaday said.

"It happened and it seemed right and he offered me the job and I accepted."

Hockaday, who said the club had players lined up to strengthen the squad and that Ross McCormack would not be sold, added: "I can eulogise as long as I want about a club the size of Leeds, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

"I've been given a great opportunity and I'm going to take this opportunity with both hands and one thing nobody can ever accuse me of is a lack of hard work and I believe I'm a good coach.

"The president believes I'm a good coach and people out there who have obviously recommended me believe I'm a good coach and I'm going to prove that."

Source: PA

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