Former Leeds United managerial flop Dave Hockaday says he is setting up 'a super football academy'

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The former Leeds United boss has ambitious plans for his future.

Earlier this week one former Leeds United boss spoke about his time since leaving the club, as Darko Milanic discussed his desire to get back into the game.

Now the man who the Slovenian took over from has spoken about his time away from the club, and his ambition to open up a talent academy in Wiltshire.

He also claimed that he created the first modern football academy in the country 20 years ago. He told BBC Wiltshire:

"After 20 years I've returned to it and will set up a super football academy.

"Twenty years ago I established the first football academy in this country, long before the academies we see in the pro game today. They followed my blueprint.

"The academy I had 20 years ago was the best and won everything. I don't shy away from the words elite and excellent and winning.

“So I am going to set up the best academy in the area and then the country and I want the best local talent to come to my trials and see if they can get into my academy."

It is a rather bold claim and idea from Hockaday, whose spell in charge of Leeds United was a disaster.

He was a shock appointment at Leeds by Massimo Cellino last June and he struggled to find any form at the club.

After six games in charge, he was sacked, clearly not the gamble Cellino had hoped he would be.

Hockaday, who has since been at Swindon Supermarine and Coventry City, clearly now has an idea of what he would like to do in the future where a job in out-and-out football management may always be unlikely due to his Leeds tarnished reputation.

His ambition however certainly sounds like that of a man the extravagant Cellino would have liked, so you can see why he got the job in the first place.

He has a good track record with producing young talent and hopefully he will find success in his new venture.

Leeds fans however will be happy that Uwe Rosler is at the helm for the upcoming campaign and not the man from Forest Green nobody had heard of.

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