Former Leeds United assistant Junior Lewis gets National League coaching job

Elland Road pitchside

The assistant to Dave Hockaday joins up with Borehamwood FC in the fifth-tier of English football.

13 months ago, nearly to the day, Leeds United informed Dave Hockaday and Junior Lewis that they were no longer needed at Elland Road. It came after the two inexperienced coaches struggled early on at Leeds – as was to be expected by everyone it seems except Massimo Cellino.

The two had no experience of working at a team the size of Leeds United and their appointments in the first place was one of the more chocking coaching decisions in Championship history.

Yesterday saw one of them pick up a new job.

Lewis, who was sacked as assistant manager at Leeds United after just 70 days last year, is now the new first-team coach at Borehamwood FC.

The National League side, who were promoted from the National League South last year after winning the play-offs, are an ambitious side and Lewis is a great addition to their coaching staff.

This is certainly his level for now as well. In time he might just work his way back up the leagues to work with a team in the Championship again but the Leeds appointment was unfair on him and Hockaday – the pair never stood a chance.

It at least goes to show that a year down the line some things have changed at Leeds. They have a manager with experience in the Championship and back-room staff with the same skill-sets.

Lewis’s appointment at the fifth-tier of English football highlights how wrong Cellino was last summer.

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