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Former Leeds boss’ latest role in football might surprise some



Former Leeds United boss Dave Hockaday is now helping develop young players, with Bristol City just one Championship club to benefit from his work.

The former Forest Green boss was remarkably appointed as Leeds manager under the unpredictable Massimo Cellino back in the summer 2014, although he only lasted until late August before he left.

Since then, he had a spell at Kidderminster Harriers but he has largely gone off the radar.

However, he is now in charge at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College as the head of male football and works on bringing through talented youngsters.

And, he was the first one to spot the ability of Bristol City forward Antoine Semenyo, who was attracting serious interest from Chelsea last month.

Speaking to Bristol Live, Hockaday explained how he enjoys his latest role: “My thing is identifying talent, recruiting that talent and then developing that talent to its full potential. That’s what I’m good at.”

He also spoke specifically about Semenyo and the role he played in bringing him to Ashton Gate.

We had Antoine Semenyo, he’s gone – and he’s someone that I found. He was someone who was lost in London,” he continued.

Because he was the best player at his school, he played midfield. He’s not a midfield player. So eventually he believed that he was a striker and then ‘oh my goodness’. He was uncontainable. Nobody could play against him.”

The Verdict

This may be surprising for some fans to see where Hockaday is as he had been involved as a manager.

However, he is clearly enjoying what he does now and it’s bringing results, with Semenyo a clear example of his work benefiting the player.

There could be more younger players to come through and it appears as though the Robins have a good connection with Hockaday.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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