Hockaday capture delight's Allen

MK DONS manager Martin Allen has appointed former Watford first team coach Dave Hockaday to his coaching staff, and beamed: "It's a real coup for us."

The 49-year-old former Swindon Town defender – who helped Aidy Boothroyd guide Watford into the Premiership last season – has joined the Dons until the end of the season after leaving the Hornets in January.

And Allen revealed bringing in Hockaday to help Milton Keynes' final promotion push was simply too good an opportunity to turn down, as he boasts a wealth of experience having also managed Watford's successful youth set-up.

Allen told the Citizen: "Dave was a major reason behind the scenes for Watford reaching the Premiership last season, so when someone of that calibre comes available and doesn't live too far away you have to seriously consider it.

"He's done a lot of work in the academy at Watford where he brought on some fantastic young players, and he's got a lot of good contacts for players at home and abroad.

"Money has been freed up by a few players leaving recently so we've used some of that to bring him in at least until the end of the season."

And Hockaday has already made an instant impact at the club, helping the Dons to two successive wins since his arrival at the end of last week.

Allen said: "He's been very good already in all areas.

"He's very good on analysis on computers and stats, so he's been working with our sports scientist Andy Stone on that.

"He's been working with Paul Heald on scouting, and he's been working with Adrian Whitbread and I on the coaching side of things.

"Sometimes it's good to have another view, he's got an experienced wise head and he's a super coach."

But although Hockaday is only on a short-term deal at present, Allen is keen for him to stay for the forseeable future to play a key role in the Dons' academy set-up.

Allen added: "We'll see how it goes but in time he'll be looking at our academy.

"We are a young club so we're putting the building blocks in place for the long term future of this football club.

"We're not looking for short term fixes, this is about planning for the long term."

Hockaday was sacked by Watford boss Boothroyd along with assistant academy director Chris Cummins as the pair paid the price for the Hornets' poor run of results in a New Year staff cull.

By Jon Boyle

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