Dave Hockaday admits it is 'out of my hands' whether he will be given time to improve Leeds United's fortunes following Watford defeat

Sam Byram reacts to being sent off by referee James Linington. Picture: Dave Peters

Sam Byram reacts to being sent off by referee James Linington. Picture: Dave Peters

First published in Watford FC News
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Dave Hockaday said Leeds United will look at video footage of Sam Byram’s red card after the defender was sent off late in the 4-1 defeat against Watford this afternoon but claimed he did not see the incident.

Following Giuseppe Bellusci’s dismissal for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity when he fouled Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney converted the resultant penalty, Byram’s red card saw his side finish with nine men after he left Daniel Pudil on the floor.

As was evident at the time, the Leeds head coach confirmed referee James Linington sent Byram off after the incident was spotted by his assistant.

“My staff said there was no contact and they were very angry,” said Hockaday. “I was watching the ball so I’m not ducking the issue. I talked to the referee after the game, he didn’t see, the linesman said he saw something which I would have liked him to have been a little more specific than that. The referee told me ‘listen, if there’s no contact or there’s nothing there then appeal’ and it will be rescinded so we’ll have to have a look at it and see where we are.”

The defeat was Leeds’ third in four Championship outings this season and reports after the game suggested owner Massimo Cellino was very unhappy with the outcome at Vicarage Road.

Prior to discussing Byram’s dismissal, Hockaday was asked if he felt he would get the time he needs to improve United’s fortunes.

“That’s out of my hands,” he admitted. “All I can do is coach the players I’ve got, I love the players that I’ve got and I strongly believe with the players I’ve got I’m doing a decent job. And today I honestly believe, barring that moment of madness [Bellusci’s challenge on Forestieri], that we would have come away with something which would have been a great result.

“I look at the games we’ve played; we didn’t start well at Millwall but it took poor defending and a decision that was very poor. Brighton, again, a poor decision and then a crazy goal but in between that we’ve dominated the game and we’ve camped in their half. So there’s loads of signs of green shoots and today for 65 minutes I have to be happy. With the players I’ve got, the squad I’ve got, I have to be happy with the way that they played, I have to be. I’m not blind but I can’t legislate for what happened then.

Asked if he thought his team was good enough for the Championship, Hockaday responded: “We’re obviously short, I don’t think we’re far off. I think we’re a lot closer than maybe I thought than when I first took over the group.

“Even though it was 4-1 today, I don’t think anyone can go away and say they absolutely ripped the pants off you and they’re that much better than you because that’s not the case and it’s the same with any of the teams that we’ve played. But, you know, we’re enough off. If it’s an inch, if it’s a mile it’s an inch or a mile and we have to bridge that gap and the sooner we do that the better.”

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8:54pm Sat 23 Aug 14

davidhornet says...

Great to hear even more from David Hockaday. That's what Watford fans want. Two articles from the Leeds manager and not a peep from Watford. Better go to another site to get some Watford quotes. How about the Leeds Observer?
Great to hear even more from David Hockaday. That's what Watford fans want. Two articles from the Leeds manager and not a peep from Watford. Better go to another site to get some Watford quotes. How about the Leeds Observer? davidhornet
  • Score: -3

9:15pm Sat 23 Aug 14

YoKsHiRe.....HoRn!!!!!!! says...

Who cares! They were dead and buried by the time he got sent off............is any one botherd? I'm not. Hockaday collect your P45 and sign on next week .
Who cares! They were dead and buried by the time he got sent off............is any one botherd? I'm not. Hockaday collect your P45 and sign on next week . YoKsHiRe.....HoRn!!!!!!!
  • Score: 0

9:17pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Stoney77 says...

davidhornet wrote:
Great to hear even more from David Hockaday. That's what Watford fans want. Two articles from the Leeds manager and not a peep from Watford. Better go to another site to get some Watford quotes. How about the Leeds Observer?
Perhaps Frank Smiths article wasn't reflective of the truth and he has exaggerated the level of unrest within the club. Maybe the manager/management team have consequently decided to refuse interviews. After all, we usually have a report detailing Beppe's post match thoughts by now.
Just a thought?
[quote][p][bold]davidhornet[/bold] wrote: Great to hear even more from David Hockaday. That's what Watford fans want. Two articles from the Leeds manager and not a peep from Watford. Better go to another site to get some Watford quotes. How about the Leeds Observer?[/p][/quote]Perhaps Frank Smiths article wasn't reflective of the truth and he has exaggerated the level of unrest within the club. Maybe the manager/management team have consequently decided to refuse interviews. After all, we usually have a report detailing Beppe's post match thoughts by now. Just a thought? Stoney77
  • Score: 8

9:19pm Sat 23 Aug 14

scottwfc says...

davidhornet wrote:
Great to hear even more from David Hockaday. That's what Watford fans want. Two articles from the Leeds manager and not a peep from Watford. Better go to another site to get some Watford quotes. How about the Leeds Observer?
Why should Beppe talk to the Wobby after the smear campaign they've waged against him this week. You reap what you sow.
[quote][p][bold]davidhornet[/bold] wrote: Great to hear even more from David Hockaday. That's what Watford fans want. Two articles from the Leeds manager and not a peep from Watford. Better go to another site to get some Watford quotes. How about the Leeds Observer?[/p][/quote]Why should Beppe talk to the Wobby after the smear campaign they've waged against him this week. You reap what you sow. scottwfc
  • Score: 32

9:30pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Bobbyhowfield says...

Probably the most destructive piece of journalism in the observer for many years.
You only have to go to an away game to see the relationship between Bepe and the fans.
They are 100% behind him because they see a manager that is as passionate as them and a team that on most occasions work their nuts off and play some good stuff.
10 goals in three games and 9 points , we should all be getting behind Bepe and the team
Probably the most destructive piece of journalism in the observer for many years. You only have to go to an away game to see the relationship between Bepe and the fans. They are 100% behind him because they see a manager that is as passionate as them and a team that on most occasions work their nuts off and play some good stuff. 10 goals in three games and 9 points , we should all be getting behind Bepe and the team Bobbyhowfield
  • Score: 66

10:45pm Sat 23 Aug 14

lockerbiehornet says...

Bobbyhowfield wrote:
Probably the most destructive piece of journalism in the observer for many years.
You only have to go to an away game to see the relationship between Bepe and the fans.
They are 100% behind him because they see a manager that is as passionate as them and a team that on most occasions work their nuts off and play some good stuff.
10 goals in three games and 9 points , we should all be getting behind Bepe and the team
I do find it quite interesting that you think the WO are engaging in some sort of slur against WFC and then you continue to post on here, especially as Oddschecker have been decreasing Beppes odds as the 1st C'ship manager to leave since Monday evening, 2 days before the WO ran the story. Coupled with that Sky Sport's Adam Levanthal (a WFC fan) also reporting the same story when he's very close to club. Can you let us know what you think the WO have to gain? As far I can can see the club need the WO and the WO need the club and personally I want to know everything about the club I support, be it bad or good, it would be good to know your reaction if you'd only have seen this on Sky Sports and not the WO, probably would have moaned about the WO being slow of the mark I'm guessing???
[quote][p][bold]Bobbyhowfield[/bold] wrote: Probably the most destructive piece of journalism in the observer for many years. You only have to go to an away game to see the relationship between Bepe and the fans. They are 100% behind him because they see a manager that is as passionate as them and a team that on most occasions work their nuts off and play some good stuff. 10 goals in three games and 9 points , we should all be getting behind Bepe and the team[/p][/quote]I do find it quite interesting that you think the WO are engaging in some sort of slur against WFC and then you continue to post on here, especially as Oddschecker have been decreasing Beppes odds as the 1st C'ship manager to leave since Monday evening, 2 days before the WO ran the story. Coupled with that Sky Sport's Adam Levanthal (a WFC fan) also reporting the same story when he's very close to club. Can you let us know what you think the WO have to gain? As far I can can see the club need the WO and the WO need the club and personally I want to know everything about the club I support, be it bad or good, it would be good to know your reaction if you'd only have seen this on Sky Sports and not the WO, probably would have moaned about the WO being slow of the mark I'm guessing??? lockerbiehornet
  • Score: 11

10:50am Mon 25 Aug 14

cliff46 says...

The wobbly shouldn't be just a a spin off of the Watford FC website it should report honestly the good and bad things about our club.
So long as the article was based on genuine sources ( which quite obviously he cannot name) rather than unsubstantiated
gossip then it was perfectly reasonable to publish the article.
The wobbly shouldn't be just a a spin off of the Watford FC website it should report honestly the good and bad things about our club. So long as the article was based on genuine sources ( which quite obviously he cannot name) rather than unsubstantiated gossip then it was perfectly reasonable to publish the article. cliff46
  • Score: 4

11:00pm Mon 25 Aug 14

stevyweavy says...

I would have thought Leeds would have wanted to forget this game as soon as possible rather than reliving the pain.

As for Beppe, as long as Troy is happy to be playing for him and not one of the naysayers then I have the feeling this is all a bit of a storm in a tea cup. For far too long players have had too much power - you just need to take a look at our World Cup squad. Things look to be moving in the right direction so I think any change now is likely to be unproductive (unless of course Roberto di Matteo is happy to join us at a discount rate).
I would have thought Leeds would have wanted to forget this game as soon as possible rather than reliving the pain. As for Beppe, as long as Troy is happy to be playing for him and not one of the naysayers then I have the feeling this is all a bit of a storm in a tea cup. For far too long players have had too much power - you just need to take a look at our World Cup squad. Things look to be moving in the right direction so I think any change now is likely to be unproductive (unless of course Roberto di Matteo is happy to join us at a discount rate). stevyweavy
  • Score: 0

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