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Date: 10-10-15 gif Harriers look to Hockaday
Dave Hockaday Late last night the Harriers finally announced the name of the new man to lead the team from relegation but even though we have been waiting over three weeks for news it all seemed a bit rushed by the time that it happened.

The former Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday (right) is the one charged with getting us out of this mess of fifteen games without a win and he'll be in charge at Macclesfield later on today.  As expected he has been given the title of Head Coach for reasons that may become clearer one day.

As well as FGR he had a short spell as manager at Leeds Utd but that appointment was clouded in controversy as it was seen as a personal appointment by the Leeds owner Massimo Cellino that hadn't received the backing of the boardroom and he only lasted six months before Cellino relented and dismissed him.  From there he joined up with Coventry City to work alongside Steven Pressley and Neil Macfarlane who, ironically, have had hands on connections with the Harriers in recent weeks.  In fact Macfarlane was considered by many to be a good choice as our new Head Coach until he joined Fleetwood earlier last week.

Hockaday had a thorough grounding in his footballing career having played for Blackpool, Swindon Town, Hull City, Stoke City and Shrewsbury Town in the Football League ending his playing career at Cirencester Town where he joined the coaching team on his retirement from playing and established one of the first football academies in the country.  He was so successful there that Watford asked him to coach their under eighteen sides and when they achieved promotion to the Premiership he was appointed 1st team coach.

When he left there spells with Milton Keynes, Leicester City, Southampton and Cheltenham followed in various coaching capacities.

He then became the Forest Green manager from 2009 to 2013 and gave them stability in mid table after years of struggling to avoid relegation although that was helped by the funding of Dale Vinces millions.  His first season there did end in relegation but they were reprieved after Salisbury City found themselves demoted for financial reasons.

According to the Harriers chairman Rob Brown he has come here to nurture our younger players with the aim of introducing them into the first team in the future.  Sadly there was no mention of saving the Harriers from relegation this season and that is extremely worrying.

We, as fans, have to get behind the new man but unlike Rod Brown our only interest is in seeing Kidderminster Harriers Football Club stay in the Conference National rather than face inevitable relegation.  We have no real interest in what a spotty faced kid will be doing with us in three years time.


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