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Hockaday: This is the first person I called when I was at Leeds

Ex-Leeds boss David Hockaday has revealed the details of his first phone-call during his time at Elland Road.

David Hockaday says that the first phone-call he made after being put in-charge of Leeds United was to Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper.

Hockaday wanted to arrange a friendly with his local club, Swindon, during pre-season and made it one of his priorities after taking over.

Indeed, he says that he was very proud to be able to manage his side at the County Ground explained that he was pleased to help the Robins out. 

“I know Mark Cooper really well and when I was at Leeds the first phone call I made was to Mark Cooper to ask if I could bring Leeds to Swindon Town pre-season," he said to This Is Wiltshire

“That made me very proud because I knew I was helping out the club and they would make a lot of money from it."

“I don’t think they (Swindon Town) need any help at the moment they are doing very well."

Leeds won that game 2-1 and it was one of very few victories which Hockaday was able to celebrate during his time at Elland Road. 

The 57-year-old's time at Leeds was cut short after the Whites struggled to find any sort of form under his stewardship and concerns grew over his lack of experience.

Hockaday still proved to do a better job than his successor, Darko Milanic, but Neil Redfearn, the current boss, is putting them both to shame.

Redfearn has Leeds showing their full potential and looks the right candidate to take them forward in the future. 

Hockaday, meanwhile, has recently taken a coaching role with Swindon Supermarine while he looks to get back into management in the Football League. 

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