Tuesday, 26th August, 2014

Leeds United manager David Hockaday has bemoaned the lack of squad strength at the club and joked he would like to have Liverpool's bench at his disposal.

Hockaday, who has led Leeds to three defeats in their opening four games of the Championship season, came close to being sacked by club owner Massimo Cellino following a 4-1 drubbing at Watford last weekend.

Cellino performed a U-turn and has decided to stick with Hockaday, who is firm in his conviction that Leeds do not have enough players of Championship quality to call upon.

"I look at my bench every game and we need more quality on the bench", he told a press conference today.


"People are talking about the Man City-Liverpool game last night and even at that level with the money Liverpool have spent and people are saying you can tell the difference between the two teams when you look at the Man City bench and you look at the Liverpool bench.


"So I wouldn't mind Liverpool's bench because they'd be starting for us."

The Leeds manager does admit that players will need to leave Elland Road, but insists that will only happen as new faces arrive to replace them.

"We're aware that numbers wise we do need to let people go but we can't let them go until we've got adequate cover.

"So it's not just the next few days until the end of the month. But we're aware that we need to get people in, but in what order, chronologically, we need to get people out."

Leeds are next in action tomorrow evening against Bradford in the League Cup.

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