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‘Surely this is a wind-up?’ – This shock Leeds United managerial appointment continues to confuse four years on: Opinion



Leeds United have experienced a brilliant season so far under Marcelo Bielsa, but nerves will be rattling heading into the final months of the season. 

A loss to Norwich City two weeks ago and a draw with Middlesbrough on Saturday has put their spot in the automatic promotion places in jeopardy.

But whatever happens, huge credit will have to go to Bielsa for the way he has turned a club with a seemingly poisonous atmosphere around in such a quick space of time.

It indicates a vast change in fortune from previous managerial appointment, especially those in the disastrous 2014/15 season.

One of which was a surprise appointment in the form of former Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday.

Today, we jump into our FLW Time machine and look at what we thought of the appointment at the time.

Alfie Burns 

“What a strange, strange appointment.

“Nobody had ever heard of Hockaday a couple of months ago and suddenly he’s the man tasked with getting Leeds out of the Championship.

“Another twist in the bizarre world of Leeds United.”

Jacob Potter 

“What a bizarre appointment this is.

“For a club of Leeds’ stature, they should surely be looking at a more reputable manager than Hockaday.

“That’s not an insult to Hockaday, I just think that Leeds should be showing more ambition than this surely?”

George Harbey 

“What a bizarre appointment this was.

“After the strange sacking of Brian McDermott, Leeds needed some stability and some experience at the helm, but Hockaday was the complete opposite.

“He had done a decent job at Forest Green, but it was a very risky move by Leeds.”

Jay Taylor 

“Surely this is a wind-up?

“Leeds are in need of a manager who is capable of guiding them to promotion, not someone who looks as if he has won a competition to be there.

“Bizarre is an understatement on this occasion – it’s like English football has entered the twilight world.”

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