DAVID Hockaday has made it down to the final three for the top job at Leeds United.
The former Forest Green boss is one of a trio of British coaches, who are set to meet left field chief Massimo Cellino in Yorkshire on Saturday.
Former Leeds United manager Gary McAllister is also one of three British candidates set to be interviewed for the head coach's vacancy at the club.
The club’s Italian owner, who has been seriously considering handing the job to Hockaday, is assessing his options following Brian McDermott’s departure from Elland Road.
Hockaday – a former Watford coach – guided the Hornets into the Premiership in 2006, when they ironically defeated Leeds in the play-off final at the Millenium Stadium.
However, Cellino is understood to have been angered by the flurry of betting last weekend which brought Hockaday’s name into the open.
Cellino told Sky Sports: “I am meeting three British coaches for talks (tomorrow) and want to get someone in place soon.
“I have always said I wanted a British coach. I am a man of my word and that is still the case.
“I want someone to take care of the preparation of the team, the training, the tactics, not the recruitment or the contracts – which I will take care of. The job is a coach, not a manager, which is an important difference.”
Had it confirmed tonight that Dave Hockaday definitely is one of Cellino's three candidates for the #lufc job.— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 6, 2014