David Hockaday makes prediction about Leeds, discusses Cellino, talks up potential return

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David Hockaday has looked back on his time at Leeds.

Former Leeds United manager David Hockaday has told The Sun that he thinks the Whites will return to the Premier League at some point soon - and would love a return to Elland Road.

Hockaday, 58, is currently managing non-league side Kidderminster Harriers, well over a year since his ill-fated spell as Leeds boss came to an end.

Hockaday was Massimo Cellino's bizarre choice to be Leeds manager back in the summer of 2014, despite his only managerial experience coming during a four-year spell as Forest Green Rovers manager.

Unsurprisingly, Leeds fans were far from happy with the appointment, but after two wins and four defeats from his six games in charge, Hockaday was relieved of his duties.

Since then, Leeds have been managed by Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn, Uwe Rosler and Steve Evans in a chaotic spell under Cellino's reign - and Hockaday has now looked back on his time at Elland Road.

Speaking to The Sun, Hockaday made a prediction that Leeds will return to the Premier League in the near future, over ten years since their relegation to the second tier.

"The president wanted a good English coach and someone out of work to give him leverage, it gave me less power but I never for one second felt out of my depth," said Hockaday. "They will at some stage become a Premier League club again. That city is so hungry for success."

Hockaday also opened up on what it's like to work under controversial Italian chairman Cellino, stating that he wanted to sign players that are now succeeding in the Championship, but Cellino overruled him by signing a number of players from Italy instead.

"I hope the president turns it around and finds a way to sort this club. He’s needed a bit more help and advice from people which he hasn’t had. He’s tried to take too much on. The players that were brought in were not as good as the president thought he was bringing in though. He over-estimated the quality of Serie B and under-estimated the quality of the Championship.

"I was allowed to put forward the names of players we wanted to sign. Eight now are doing very well in the Championship. I still talk to the president and have the utmost respect for what he does. I don’t have any gripes with him. He gave me a great opportunity. I’m just disappointed I did not have more of an impact but he could have given me some better flipping players to work with."

Finally, Hockaday added that he would 'crawl over broken glass' to return to Elland Road, even if it was just to coach the Leeds Under-20's, before admitting that Leeds is his favourite city in the world.

"I would crawl over broken glass to go back there. I don’t have the ego to be a head coach so if the president called and said ‘coach the Under-21s or be an assistant,’ I’d love it. I love the area and love the people. Leeds is my favourite city in the world to eat and shop," he added.

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