United proprietor Massimo Cellino claimed before this thirty day period that the club's next boss would be British and he appears to be like to have plumped for Hockaday, who spent four a long time with Rovers.
He remaining following a disappointing start to previous year in which they misplaced seven out of eight online games, but is now established to consider more than at Elland Highway next the departure of Brian McDermott at the conclude of final thirty day period.
Cellino instructed Sky Sports on June five : "I have generally said I desired a British coach for this club. I am a person of my word and that is however the case."
The Italian also reiterated that he wanted a coach rather than a supervisor to replace McDermott.
"I want an individual to consider care of the planning of the team, the coaching, the tactics and so on," he stated.
"Not the recruitment or the contracts, which I will just take care of. The occupation is a coach, not a supervisor, which is an critical distinction."
Hockaday, fifty six, was a appropriate - back as a participant, featuring in over 600 game titles for Blackpool, Swindon, Hull Town, Stoke and Shrewsbury.
He joined Watford as U18 mentor in 2000 and helped produce gamers this kind of as Manchester United winger Ashley Young.
He moved on to consider up coaching roles at Leicester, Southampton and Cheltenham City ahead of he was offered his 1st managerial appointment at Convention aspect Forest Green Rovers in 2009.