Following his appointment as Leeds United head coach, David Hockaday has been issued words of support from his former employer, Dale Vince.
Hockaday is a highly unpopular choice among Leeds fans, with expectations for the Yorkshire club incredibly high. But Dale Vince, chairmam of Forest Green, has voiced his support for Hockaday, suggesting that Leeds United fans should give their new man the benefit of the doubt.
Vince told Sky Sports: ” I’m really pleased for David actually, I’m chuffed for him. He’s a great bloke. He’s a very hard-working, loyal and honest man with an unbelievable depth of footballing knowledge.
“I really want him to succeed but would not dare to predict how it will work out for him. Massimo Cellino is a lot better qualified than me to make a judgement on whether David can be successful in the Championship, but he deserves his chance.”
“His experience in the game at all levels makes him an ideal candidate for anybody and he’s so determined to succeed.
“It’s interesting to see he has taken up a head coach role at Leeds rather than becoming the manager. Cellino will take all the pressure off him with regards to recruitment and other managerial duties and that lends itself to David’s strengths.
“We formed a friendship during his time at Forest Green and I’ve spoken to him to wish him luck. Cellino appears to be a very interesting character and he made a good point that everyone has to start somewhere.”
David Hockaday has also confirmed that Nigel Gibbs, many fans favoured choice for the job, will remain at the club, working alongside himself and assistant, Junior Lewis.