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confident hockaday wants to be part of leeds united’s journey to the champions league (no, really)

confident hockaday wants to be part of leeds united’s journey to the champions league (no, really)


Dave Hockaday was nearly without a job today; instead he was taking Leeds United’s pre-Bradford press conference, telling the assembled journos that he wants “to be part of the journey” to the Champions League.

Hockaday also shed some light on Sunday’s showdown with Massimo Cellino, a two hour conversation he describes as “calm” and concentrated on the Watford game specifically rather than his job in general:

#lufc DH says he had a 2 hour conversation with MC On Sunday. Said he did not need to convince him to keep him in the job.

— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) August 26, 2014

#lufc DH said it was a calm conversation with MC. It was more about the game at Watford than his tenure.

— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) August 26, 2014

He also echoed the president’s comments about the need for reinforcements on the pitch, saying that: “He said he needs to give me a chance by bringing the right players in.”

Hockaday’s comments strike a more bullish note than might have been expected from someone who was all but sacked on Saturday night; “Yes, at Watford I decided to sack him,” said Cellino on Sunday. “I said ‘he’s finished.’”

That doesn’t appear to have thrown Hockaday off his stride.

#lufc DH:"I’ve been in lot worse situations. I’ll keep my head.If I don’t then we’re lost. I’ll keep my dignity & sweat blood for the club."

— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) August 26, 2014

#lufc DH:" I am a winner. I hate losing. I believe I am very good at my job."

— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) August 26, 2014

#lufc DH:"The President is unbelievably passionate about the club. He wants to be in the Champions League. I want to be part of the journey"

— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) August 26, 2014

Hockaday says it’s "inevitable" that Cellino will take Leeds to the Champions League one day. "I want to be a big part of that." #lufc

— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 26, 2014

Although it looks like Hockaday is declaring his coaching to be the first step in United’s return to the Champions League, he has put his own timeframe down on when the Hockaday era might end: he wants two weeks to work with whatever players the club has when the transfer window closes, and then “It would be very fair to judge me.”

Added to those players is Danish midfielder Casper Sloth, although he’s unlikely to be ready for Bradford; Giuseppe Bellusci will also be missing as he serves a one match suspension for his sending off against Watford.

Sam Byram’s sending off has earned him a three match ban, and the club have said they are not going to appeal as there is not enough video evidence to prove Byram didn’t headbutt Watford’s Daniel Pudil. There’s plenty of evidence that Little Sam is an angel with a temper as sweet as a new-born lamb, who spends his evenings ushering moths out of his windows rather than whacking them with a newspaper, but apparently that’s not admissible.

In other speculation, Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough is blowing kisses at Jason Pearce; a deal is apparently in place with Flamengo for Adyran; and the latest name to Google is Lucas Castro, a left-winger (not only in name) from Catania.