Is former Leeds boss Hockaday a gift or a curse for Coventry?

Temporary manager Dave Hockaday is odds-on to land the Coventry City job full-time, despite a very mixed record.

Troubled Coventry City have dismissed manager Steven Pressley, with ex-Leeds United boss Dave Hockaday odds-on to succeed him - but are the Sky Blues trusting a good luck omen, or something of a jinx?

Hockaday will team up with assistant manager Neil MacFarlane on an interim basis while the League One strugglers interview for the permanent position.

For Hockaday, it's another rapid promotion - taking charge of first-team affairs just three weeks after arriving as professional development coach.

And his mixed track record means he could be perceived as a indicator of doom - having been through FIVE relegations in his footballing career.

That number would've been higher had Salisbury City not been demoted for financial irregularities in 2010, after a disastrous first season in football management at Forest Green Rovers.

His time at the Gloucestershire club is not remembered fondly. The highlight - finishing tenth in 2012 - was undermined by the revelation that he'd been funded by the largest transfer and wage budget in the Conference Premier.

Despite that under-achievement, Hockaday incredibly found himself linked with the Swindon Town vacancy in February 2013 - with a successful coaching career presumably the pedigree that earned him such links.

Eventually, the assertive and confident coach was given the boot by Rovers - after seven defeats in eight games, but bounced back in spectacular fashion, landing the Leeds United job against all odds.

Under the fraught guidance of Massimo Cellino - who, it is speculated, only gave Hockaday the job because he commanded a tenth of the salary of predecessor Brian McDermott - the unknown manager didn't last long, sacked after just 70 days.

From one extreme to another, Hockaday soon found employment at Swindon Supermarine, a five tier drop - a fall as sharp as his sudden rise.

However, he wasn't done there with the Football League, and his return to Coventry earlier this month drew more ire.

For many Sky Blues fans, on social media sites at least, it's almost a guarantee of relegation.

But, there might just be a silver lining.

In fairness to Hockaday, he has had his fair share of coaching successes - though rarely as the main man.

It was he that set up one of the first football academies in the country in 1996, with Cirencester winning the National College Championship soon after.

That success led Graham Taylor to poach Hockaday for Watford in 2000, where he worked as Under-18 coach during the Hornets' rise to the Premier League.

While there, he was credited with honing the likes of Ashley Young, before Adrian Boothroyd replaced him with Malky Mackay.

Watford, of course, proving something of a hot bed for talented young Brit managers - current Premier League incumbents Brendan Rodgers and Sean Dyche each having spent time at Vicarage Road.

He later had positive stints with the MK Dons, reaching the play-offs, and Southampton, where he worked with the likes of Gareth Bale and Adam Lallana.

Certainly, his contacts book reads much more favouably than his managerial record.

An imbalance that will have to be levelled out if he is to cure Coventry's (Sky) blues.

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