David Hockaday
Hockaday to take charge at Elland Road.GettyImages

Leeds United have confirmed David Hockaday as their new head coach.

The former Forest Green Rovers manager has signed a two year contract to replace Brian McDermott at Elland Road and will be joined by Junior Lewis, a former Leicester City midfielder, as his assistant.

Hockaday will work alongside Benito Carbone at the Championship club, who was appointed as a consultant responsible for "technical and football operations" last month.

Hockaday, 56, was considered a rank outsider for the job at the Yorkshire club given the concerns over the manager's credentials in professional football.

He has previously worked as an assistant manager at Watford and as a first team coach with Leicester City and MK Dons.

Hockaday left Conference side Forest Green, whom he managed for four years, by mutual consent in October last year after seven defeats in eight games.

Eamonn Dolan, the Reading academy manager, was thought to be Cellino's favoured candidate, but Leeds were unable to lure him away from the Madejski Stadium.

After parting ways with McDermott in May, Cellino revealed soon after he was keen on appointing a British manager at Elland Road.

"I have always said I wanted a British coach for this club. I am a man of my word and that is still the case," Cellino said earlier this month.

"I want someone to take care of the preparation of the team, the training, the tactics and so on."