Dave Hockaday speaks of his excitement at putting Leeds United nightmare behind him

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The former Leeds boss has taken over as head coach at Kidderminster Harriers.

It is just over a year since Dave Hockaday was relieved of his duties at Leeds United and he is now back in full-time management.

The former Leeds boss has had spells at Coventry City and Swindon Supermarine since leaving Leeds, but not as head coach. Now he has taken over at the National League's basement club Kidderminster Harriers and fans of the club are hopeful that Hockaday can get the most out of his young team.

Of course it is a surprise Hockaday has not been scarred for life after his Leeds experience. After just six games he was let go by controversial owner Massimo Cellino. However, his negative experience at Leeds has not put him off. He told the Worcester News yesterday just how excited he was to be back into management:

"To be given the opportunity to get back out on to the grass - that's something I have been waiting for.

"I am a coach - that's what my reputation is and that's what I am known as.

"Kidderminster have always been a big name at this level and this is a big challenge - it's one I am relishing and one I am looking forward to."

Hockaday was an unpopular choice at Leeds when he took over. Cellino liked the personality of the former Watford youth coach but his lack of experience at that level had Leeds fans worried from the offset.

In the future Hockaday may be a man for a Football League club but the jump to Leeds certainly came to him far too soon. If he can keep Kidderminster from relegation this season then it would be an incredible achievement and perhaps his reputation will begin to be restored.

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