Hockaday spared Leeds chop

24 August 2014 07:01

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has given boss Dave Hockaday an unexpected lifeline after reversing out of his decision to sack him after only five games in charge.

Cellino earned his unflattering nickname of the 'manager eater' during his time in charge of Cagliari, where he went through 36 managers in 20 years, and he has already looked to pull the trigger during his short time at Leeds.

Hockaday - the man he appointed to much derision in June owing to hi s limited experience - was set to be his next sacking in the wake of Leeds' 4-1 defeat at Watford on Saturday, but 57-year-old Italian Cellino has had an unexpected change of heart.

Cellino admitted in local media interviews that Hockaday was set for the exit door, before the club's official Twitter account said on Sunday night: "In response to recent media speculation the club can confirm that David Hockaday remains the head coach of Leeds United."

Cellino attempted to sack then-Leeds manager Brian McDermott within hours of verbally agreeing a deal to buy a controlling stake in the club with GFH Capital at the end of January.

McDermott stayed until the end of the season and departed by mutual consent at the end of May.

Source: PA