Leeds United are close to bringing in former Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday as head coach, reports The Daily Mail.

New chairman Massimo Cellino has been seeking a new boss at Elland Road since disposing of the services of the highly regarded Brian McDermott, stating his desire to bring in somebody who will act more as a head coach as he seeks to deal with signing new players.

Despite a raft of high-calibre Italian coaches being linked with the post - such as Benito Carbone, Gianluca Festa, Gianfranco Zola and even former AC Milan manager Massimo Allegri - Cellino vowed to appoint a British coach to take the club forward.

Even so, Hockaday remains something of a surprise appointment. His only previous managerial role was with Conference Premier side Forest Green Rovers, where he had a mixed four-year spell.

Having lingered perilously close to relegation during his first two seasons (were it not for Salisbury City's financial irregularities they would have been relegated in the first season, with only goal difference keeping them up the next year), he managed to propel them to two consecutive 10th placed finished the following two seasons.

However, his tenure ended just eight games into his fifth campaign as the side lost seven out of their first eight fixtures.

He has also worked as a youth coach and has been widely credited as the creator of the concept of the football academy, having set up the first in Cirencester in 1995.

The 56-year-old lists Watford among his employers, working with the academy which produced the likes of Ashley Young, Tommy Smith and Paul Robinson, in addition to stints at the likes of Leicester and Southampton.

An announcement is expected to be made in the coming days to officially confirm Hockaday's appointment. 

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