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Steve McClaren: Leeds boss has watched Derby train 'a few times'

Derby County manager Steve McClaren revealed that Leeds United head coach Dave Hockaday had been to watch Derby train along with the likes of Hasslebaink, Eranio and Igor Stimac.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren, whilst explaining why former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink had been to watch the Rams train, revealed that Leeds United boss Dave Hockaday had also been to Moor Farm 'a few times' along with the likes of former AC Milan coach Stefano Eranio and Croatia national team manager Igor Stimac.

When asked whether he was looking to bolster the coaching staff at the East Midland's club, the former England manager refuted the idea and explained it wasn't unusual to have other coaches observing their training methods.

''We have lots of people in,'' Steve McClaren told the Derby Telegraph.

''We have had Igor Stimac, Stefano Eranio, George Boateng in, we even had [Leeds boss] Dave Hockaday in a few times.

''What we have done is say to people who are not working that they are quite welcome to come down and spend a couple of days with us and have a look at what we do. Jimmy [Hasslebaink] has taken up that offer, Steve Taylor likewise.''

The under-fire Leeds coach, who is thought to have been at Derby's training complex before he was hired at Elland Road, is currently in a similar role at Leeds United to Steve McClaren at Derby County and could have, or should have, picked up vital experience on his visits there. 

Steve McClaren, who also dons the label of 'head coach', has hit the ground running since he took over the position Nigel Clough was sacked from last season and now the Rams are thought to be one of the strong favourites for promotion to the Premier League even after their play-off heartbreak.

The Rams are currently in a buoyant mood after recording back-to-back home wins, first a 5-1 thrashing of former Premier League side Fulham and a second home win on Tuesday night against Charlton Athletic in the League Cup. 

If Cellino does decide the defeat to Bradford City is the tipping point in the coach's future at Elland Road then it may be back to the drawing board for Hockaday. It seems like a place at Derby County's training complex could be available to him, even if it is just a short-term aid to help heal the wounds Cellino's decision is bound to leave. However, if Cellino does look to persevere with Hockaday, then he could call upon the connections made with Steve McClaren earlier in the summer to boost his chances of a successful term at Elland Road, one way or another.

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