'Inspiration' Dave Hockaday's favourite job wasn't Leeds, explains Swindon Supermarine chairman

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Former Leeds United head coach is now at Coventry City.

Dave Hockaday arrived at Leeds United with big dreams, having been Massimo Cellino's surprise choice as his first appointment since taking over.

With his only previous experience a four year tenure at non-league Forest Green Rovers, Hockaday was quoted by The Guardian in late August saying it was 'inevitable' Leeds would return to the Champions League.

Just days later he was fired, after his Leeds side lost in the Capital One Cup to Yorkshire rivals Bradford City, just four games into the season.

He is currently at Coventry City, appointed earlier this month as Professional Development Coach, acting as a link between the first team and under-21s.

In between he spent time working at non-league side Swindon Supermarine in an advisory role, and the club's chairman has thanked him for his work.

Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser, he also stated that Hockaday had told him it was his most enjoyable role of his coaching career.

He said: "We knew we were on borrowed time keeping him but it still came as a shock when he moved to Coventry.

“There was no real warning, so we haven’t really done anything about finding another coach. He’ll be sorely missed.

"He was an inspiration and the whole feeling around the club was so much higher than it had been, without detriment to the last coach of course.

“He did say to me that he enjoyed his time at the club more than any job he had."

In many ways it could make sense, Hockaday did not have the pressures he did at Leeds, nor did it end on a sour note. Yet his appointment at Coventry may never have happened without the experience at Elland Road, which has become just a footnote on the club's 2014/15 season.

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