The plan was never going to work but after just four league games Hockaday has gone.
During his tenure Leeds won two games with a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough a very small highlight in a poor start to the season.
Another win over Accrington Stanley in the Capital One Cup gave Hockaday more time but the style of football and lack of results has seen Massimo Cellino wield the axe.
While most hoped for his sacking, many expected him to still be in charge for Saturday's game against Bolton.
However, Leeds have made their move quickly with assistant Junior Lewis also leaving his post at Elland Road.
Confirming the news, Phil Hay of the Evening Post tweeted late on Thursday night.
CONFIRMED: Leeds United have sacked head coach David Hockaday.— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 28, 2014
As usual Neil Redfearn has been put in caretaker charge but the next manager or should I say head coach is a mystery.
It's very obvious what we need but Cellino has to see sense this time and go get it.
Another embarrassing saga in Leeds' history is over, let's hope common sense prevails with just days left until the transfer window shuts.