Leeds United star praises Hockaday: 'What he did wasn't easy'

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Leeds United star Stephen Warnock has praised the confidence Dave Hockaday gave in the side.

It is a week since Massimo Cellino fired Dave Hockaday from his position as Leeds United manager, but his time at the club is not easily forgotten.

While for some fans his record of one Championship win from four games, and a League Cup defeat to Bradford City will be the standout, one player has taken the time to note one of the positives he brought to the side.

Stephen Warnock told the Leeds United website that the mentality he pushed upon the players, one focusing on unity and not letting outsiders be distractions, lives on.

"As players we have got to stick together as a team and we are very united. Anyone that comes to the training ground will see that we are very together.

"We try not to let anyone disrupt us. “That was installed by the old manager and that has stuck with the players so that is a good thing."

He went onto add: "The quality has always been there it is about bringing it out and to give it confidence.

"That is one of the biggest things the old manager was trying to do. “He wanted to install that confidence. Sometimes it’s not as easy as people say. 

It was Hockaday's enthusiastic personality which won over Cellino at his job interview, and it appears off the pitch he made an impression on the players.

The disappointing part of his short reign will always be the results, with the role simply too big for him.

If what Warnock says is true and the players remain fully confident they can achieve good results this season, that's far better than a side worrying about the doubters tipping them for relegation, and bodes well for a quick turnaround under caretaker manager Neil Redfearn.

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