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Leeds Utd part ways with manager Hockaday

Leeds United have sacked manager Dave Hockaday just six matches into his Elland Road spell.

The West Yorkshire club have confirmed the departure of Hockaday who only replaced Brian McDermott in June and oversaw just four Championship matches.

Hockaday's tenure began brightly after the Whites won two of their first three fixtures of the season but three successive defeats has forced owner Massimo Cellino to act.

The Italian said: "The results since the start of the season have meant we needed to act and make this decision.

"After the (Capital One Cup) defeat at Bradford (on Wednesday night) I realised that my decision to keep David at the club following the defeat at Watford was wrong, and I had to change my mind on the coach's position.

"As a club we will now begin our search for a new head coach."

Neil Redfearn will step into the managerial role temporarily as Leeds search for a replacement for Hockaday. Former Catania boss Rolando Maran has been installed as the early favourite to take the job according to Sky Bet.

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