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Dave Hockaday used his first pre-match press conference at Leeds United to wave away concerns about his relationship with Massimo Cellino.
“Don’t believe everything you read or hear on the grapevine,” he said. “I’m head coach, I’m delighted to be here and I get on really well with the president and director of football (Nicola Salerno). People might be putting two and two together to get five. I genuinely haven’t read the article and all I know is what I know.”
There were actually two articles this week that provided the two and two that got put together; in the Telegraph Cellino said his new head coach is “OK, but needs some babysitting,” while in the Mail he described telling Hockaday “Did I ask your f—— advice? No. So shut the f— up” when he offered an opinion on Ross McCormack.
Despite that, Hockaday says, “I have the (authority) that I was promised by the president. Whatever others say, guess or think, they’re way off base.”
Leeds will be without Aidy White at Millwall on Saturday, and expect him to be out for another four or five weeks with an ankle injury; there’s still no timescale on a return for Lewis Walters. His absence could give new signing Nicky Ajose a chance up front, and he says signing for Leeds is a logical career step: “I’ve done well in League One and League Two, so I see it as natural progression to come to the Championship. I’d like people to recognise that I can play at this level.”
There’s no further news on whether centre-back Frederik Sorensen will be confirmed for the squad tomorrow, although Cellino – who confirmed the deal to journalists earlier in the week – is “optimistic”:
Cellino telling me this morning that he’s still optimistic of signing Sorensen. Let’s see what the day brings. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 8, 2014
Ahead of the new season, the second part of the return of The Square Ball Podcast has been released to brave and foolhardy listeners. Following the look back to last season in episode 79, episode 80 assesses the summer at Elland Road and follows it up with some ill-informed and foolish predictions for the season ahead: