Dave Hockaday skips Leeds United return

Elland Road pitchside

Dave Hockaday was not involved as Coventry's under-21 side visited Leeds United, despite heavy involvement with the young Sky Blues this season.

Former Leeds United boss Dave Hockaday skipped a potential return to the club on Monday with the Coventry City under-21 side he has been overseeing.

Hockaday began the season as head coach at Leeds, but lasted only three Championship games before a Capital One Cup loss to Bradford City saw him fired by owner Massimo Cellino.

He then took on an advisory role with non-league Swindon Supermarine, before being offered a position as Professional Development Coach at Coventry City earlier this year.

He even was made caretaker manager briefly when Steven Pressley was fired, but has reverted back to his old role since Tony Mowbray was appointed.

Hockaday's role encompasses working with the under-21 side and acting as a link to the first team. He has been in charge of the under-21s in recent weeks, just earlier in April confirming how pleased he was to the club website after a draw with Charlton.

When Coventry's under-21 side visited Leeds' Thorp Arch training ground on Monday, Hockaday was nowhere to be seen.

Denied a reunion with his old side and current Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn who was present, confirmed the Leeds website, Hockaday's Coventry earned a 1-1 draw.

The Coventry Telegraph reported that the club's under-18 coach Jason Farndon was placed in charge, claiming Hockaday was involved in the club's first team preparations for the upcoming clash with Oldham Athletic.

Whether deliberate on Hockaday's part or not to skip a return to his old side, given the off field drama lately - and all season - at Leeds United, his presence would likely have been a distraction the Whites will be glad not to have had to deal with.

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