Former Leeds United boss Dave Hockaday's embarks on his new venture next week

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He is getting back to youth football after an unsuccessful spell at Kidderminster Harriers.

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

Hockaday had no experience of leading a team the size of Leeds United and they were doomed to failure.

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

He got back into first-team management when appointed Kidderminster Harriers boss in October. The club were bottom of the National League when he arrived and he struggled to have a positive impact with the club.

He left the club at the start of January by mutual consent.

Now he is getting back to youth coaching, where he truly found his name.

Hockaday is now setting up a new academy in the Swindon area, which will get underway during half-term week this month - as reported by the Swindon Advertiser.

He told the paper:

“This is my passion and this is what I totally believe in and the timing is just right."

Hockaday's ventures into first-team management have not been memorable for good reasons - his spells with Leeds and Kidderminster ending poorly.

But youth coaching is where he is best suited and hopefully he can help unearth a few gems.

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