New Leeds United boss reveals the barmy truth behind landing the job

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Leeds United boss David Hockaday reveals how he landed the Elland Road job.

By far and away the most controversial managerial appointment of the summer is that of new Leeds United boss David Hockaday.

The former Watford coach has only ever been a manager of one team, spending four years in the hotseat at Conference side Forest Green Rovers before leaving in 2013.

Even then, his record was not great as he managed a 10th place finish in his third season before quitting after only three months into his fourth campaign following seven defeats in eight games.

With relatively little managerial experience and a record deemed mediocre at best, one can not only ask how he came in contact with new Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, but how did he manage to land himself the top job at arguably the most renowned club outside the Premier League?

“I was invited to attend a meeting in London,” Hockaday said, quoted by The Mirror.

“Before I turned up, I did not know which club was involved, only that they were looking for an English coach with ambition. I had a chat with the ­president, talking about nothing but ­football, and in the course of that meeting, he offered me the job.”

“He knows football inside out, his knowledge of the game is phenomenal. I really enjoyed our conversation, and we seemed to share the same ideas about many things. And, yes, we did use the salt and pepper pots as props.”

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Since Cellino’s arrival as new owner at the club, the Whites have had a busy summer with seven players joining and 16 departing, including star striker Ross McCormack to Fulham for a whopping £11 million.

On the field, the Elland Road outfit have played a total of eight friendlies, winning six of them including an astonishing 16-0 victory over Italian minnows Gherdeina.

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