Leeds United have begun the search for a new manager, following the sacking of Dave Hockaday. Hockaday saw his Leeds United side lose 2-1 at West Yorkshire rivals Bradford City, throwing away a lead in what was a lacklustre performance.
Hockaday, incidentally, has the unique record of having managed a team that gained more red cards (4) than league goals (2). Hockaday also claimed, earlier in the week, that he would take Leeds “to the Champions League”, something which will now not happen, following his dismissal. Leeds United will be without several players when Bolton visit Elland Road on Saturday, with Luke Murphy, Sam Byram and Giuseppe Bellusci all suspended. With no replacement lined up yet, whoever takes charge of the club permanently will have to galvanise the squad, filled with new players, and find some way of getting them to play as a team.
Bradford City’s good start to the season got even better on Wednesday night, as they beat Leeds United in a feisty Capital One Cup tie. Goals in the last ten minutes from Billy Knott and James Hanson secured victory for the Bantams, who will visit MK Dons in the third round. Knott put in a fantastic performance, and will hope to continue this fine form as City visit Rochdale tomorrow. Both Mason Bennett and keeper Jordan Pickford may return to the starting lineup, after being cup-tied for the League Cup game. Andrew Davies will certainly miss Saturday’s game, as he recovers from a broken arm, but Phil Parkinson has more or less a full squad to pick from.
Huddersfield Town are still without a permanent manager, and lost 2-0 at home to Nottingham Forest in their midweek cup game. A return of four points from their opening four games is not disastrous, but the Terriers will be hoping to find a little more consistency and push up the table. Nahki Wells’ return of four goals so far sees him top the Huddersfield scoring charts, and he will be hoping to score again tomorrow, as they visit high-flying Watford.