Former Leeds United boss Dave Hockaday clarifies comments about return to club

Elland Road

The Kidderminster Harriers boss is not heading back to Leeds anytime soon.

Leeds United have worked their way through plenty of managers recently. The current boss is Steve Evans but Brian McDermott, Neil Redfearn and Uwe Rosler have been and gone under the ownership of Massimo Cellino in that time - as has Dave Hockaday.

The inexperienced first-team coach struggled at Leeds as was expected by everyone it seems except Cellino. After six games in charge, he was sacked.

He got back into the game when appointed Kidderminster Harriers manager in October.

But he clearly still holds a torch for Leeds United. He recently told The Sun that he would "crawl over broken glass" to work at Elland Road again.

Those comments, coupled with Kidderminster's continued poor form, saw him tentatively linked with a sensational return to Leeds recently in another capacity.

It even saw Kidderminster CEO Colin Gordon issue a hands off plea to Cellino to the BBC last week.

"Mr Cellino can do whatever he wants and invariably he does, but I've known Dave Hockaday for 30 years and I'm sure he's got a more favourable working relationship with me.

"He's head coach. Deal with it..."

Now the man himself has come out to make it clear he has no desire to leave the Harriers at this point in time - despite the fact they sit bottom of the National League table, ten points from safety.

He told the Kidderminster Shuttle this week:

"I know a lot has been said but I want to assure the fans I am 100 per cent committed to the club.

“I am the first into the ground at 7.30am and am desperate to see Harriers do well.

“I love the club and I am working very hard to get things right.”

It certainly seems that this story has been something of a storm in a teacup. Hockaday was simply saying he still has a soft spot for Leeds but considering he and Cellino were on good terms at Leeds the rumour mill started to churn.

Hopefully however this puts an end to such talk.

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