Saturday, 23rd August, 2014

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is ready to sack manager David Hockaday after just four games of the new Championship season.

Hockaday's men slipped to a 4-1 defeat away at Watford earlier today, ending the match with just nine men on the pitch following sendings off for both Giuseppe Bellusci and Sam Byram.

The loss marked the third defeat Leeds have suffered in their opening four Championship games and leaves the Yorkshire club sitting in 21st spot in the table.

Now Cellino is sharpening the axe to sack Hockaday, according to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, with the president believed to be unhappy with the side's results under the former Forest Green Rovers manager.


Cellino parted company with former Reading manager Brian McDermott after the end of last season and sprung a surprise appointing Hockaday, who had one prior managerial post to his name, at non-league Forest Green Rovers.


Hockaday has insisted he retains the full support of the Leeds players and is confident no manager could squeeze more from the squad than he is at present.

Unfortunately for Hockaday, it appears Cellino is not of the same opinion.

Leeds are next in action in the League Cup, away at Bradford City on Tuesday evening. It remains to be seen if Hockaday will survive until then, or whether Cellino allows him next weekend's Championship clash at home to Bolton, in addition to the League Cup game, to save his bacon.

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