Thursday, 28th August, 2014

Leeds United have sacked manager David Hockaday with immediate effect, with president Massimo Cellino insisting he was wrong to U-turn on the decision following last weekend's 4-1 defeat to Watford.

Cellino had decided to sack Hockaday following the Championship loss, but changed his mind following talks with the former Forest Green Rovers manager.

Now Cellino has rethought his stance and parted ways with Hockaday.

"I’d like to thank David for his efforts over the last two and a half months but the results since the start of the season have meant we needed to act and make this decision", Cellino said in a statement.

"After the defeat at Bradford I realised that my decision to keep David at the club following the defeat at Watford was wrong and I had to change my mind on the coaches [sic] position.


"As a club we will now begin our search for a new head coach."

Hockaday presided over three defeats in the club's opening four Championship games, while his last match in charge was last night's 2-1 League Cup defeat to Bradford.

Leeds have appointed Neil Redfearn as interim boss, with Hockaday's assistant Junior Lewis also being sacked.

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