Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, who completed his takeover of the club on April 7, reached an amicable settlement to part company with previous manager Brian McDermott on May 30.
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The appointment of the former Blackpool and Swindon defender is sure to spark a fresh wave of indignation on social media websites among Leeds supporters who had been hoping for a bigger name to lead the club's promotion challenge in the Sky Bet Championship next season.
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"The 56 year old has signed a two year contract and will assume overall responsibility for the coaching staff and first team playing squad with immediate effect.
Shockwaves reverberated around the Leeds fanbase when Hockaday became a leading candidate for the job with bookmakers 24 hours after McDermott had left the club.
Former Watford coach Hockaday, 56, will work alongside the club's director of football Benito Carbone, who was appointed as a consultant responsible for "technical and football operations" on May 15.
"David arrives at Elland Road with a vast amount of coaching experience and was integral to the management team at Watford that gained promotion to the Premier League in 2006."
Hockaday had previously worked as coach at Watford having initially been placed in charge of the under 18s by Graham Taylor in 2000. He was promoted to first team coach at Vicarage Road in 2005 and worked under former manager Aidy Boothroyd when the club won promotion from the Championship in 2006.
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Hockaday did not share in any surprise about his appointment.
When asked, he said: "Is it a surprise? No, it isn't, because of my background and the fact that I'm a very experienced coach and the president wanted an experienced British coach. I tick all the boxes and intend to take it with both hands."
Former Leeds manager Gary McAllister was the third candidate understood to have held talks with the Italian.
Rovers by mutual consent in October last year, has signed a two year contract at Elland Road.
Leeds have also confirmed that former Bantams coach Junior Lewis, who had spells at Gillingham, Leicester and Hull as a player, has been appointed as Hockaday's assistant.
Cellino had made public his determination not to go overseas for a coach, whose remit would stretch no further than preparing the first team squad, soon after he had completed his takeover.
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would have little to no input in who Leeds will be signing, but he added: "I have spoken to the president about a number of players. There will be changes."
A brief Leeds statement read: "Leeds United are pleased to announce that David Hockaday has been appointed to the position of head coach.
The club have made no comment at this stage on the future of coach Nigel Gibbs, who had been assistant to McDermott.
Reading's academy manager Eamonn Dolan is understood to have been at the top of Cellino's wish list, but the Italian baulked at the Berkshire club's reported 500,000 compensation fee.
head coach will be joined by former Leicester City midfielder Junior Lewis."
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