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Manager: Paul Doswell

Paul Doswell was appointed as Havant and Waterlooville manager in April 2019 on a three year deal following the clubs relegation from The National League. 

Doswell came into the Westleigh Park hotseat with a wealth of experience in both The National League and National League South having previously been manager of both Eastleigh and Sutton United.

It was during his 11 year spell with the U's where he enjoyed most of his managerial success. He achieved two promotions with the Gander Green Lane outfit, sending them into The National League in 2016.

The following season he managed to keep Sutton in the fifth tier in a season which will be remembered by many supporters for their remarkable FA Cup run.

They embarked on a remarkable run which saw them beat league opposition in AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United before being given a dream fifth round tie as they hosted Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.

The U's lost 2-0 in front of a bumper crowd at Gander Green Lane, but despite defeat went out in heroic fashion having won the hearts of the nation. 

However, after 11 years in charge of the South London club Doswell stepped down to take on the challenge here at Westleigh Park where he is closer to his home in Winchester. 

Assistant Manager: Ian Baird


Having been assistant under Paul Doswell at Sutton United, Ian Baird comes in to become Number 2 to Doswell here at Westleigh Park. 

The pair worked together at Gander Green Lane for the last five years at Sutton and enjoyed in their successes together. 

When Doswell took a break from management in 2019 at Sutton, Baird filled his shoes before arriving at the Hawks.

Baird was also manager at Havant and Waterlooville between 2004 and 2007. 

First Team Coach: Shaun Gale

Sponsor: Castle United Youth, Rowlands Castle

He started his playing career at Portsmouth as a trainee in July 1988, but only made a handful of appearances in six years before moving to Barnet in 1994. At Barnet he became a regular starter making over 130 appearances in three seasons.

In June 1997, Exeter City manager Peter Fox paid £10,000 to bring Gale to St James Park, where he was again a regular starter before a series of injuries started to interrupt his career.

In August 2000, he moved on a free transfer to Havant & Waterlooville, where he made over 100 appearances in his first two seasons. He sustained a broken arm during a friendly in August 2003 and the repercussions kept him off the pitch for the whole of the 2003–04 season, eventually forcing his retirement from playing. In February 2004 he took up the position as David Leworthy's right-hand man and remained in the role under Ian Baird.

In October 2007, he was appointed as manager to The Hawks following Ian Baird's departure to Conference South rivals Eastleigh.

In the 2007–08 FA Cup, the Gale-led Hawks beat Bognor Regis, Fleet Town, Leighton Town, York City and Notts County, before causing a shock by defeating League One side Swansea City 4–2 in a third round replay. In the fourth round they played Premier League Liverpool at Anfield, and caused a sensation by leading twice before losing 5–2.

The 2011–12 season was a poor one for Havant & Waterlooville, and after dropping to second from bottom in the league following a defeat at Basingstoke Town, Gale was sacked on 1 April. He has since been appointed as assistant manager at the club.

Shaun Gale is also Community Manager at Havant and Waterlooville F.C.


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