Sholing boss Dave Diaper reveals why he turned down Eastleigh job offer from Paul Doswell

Daily Echo: DAVE DIAPER DAVE DIAPER

DAVE Diaper, proud manager and chairman of FA Vase finalists Sholing, could so nearly have ended up an Eastleigh man.

After just one season with the Boatmen – then known as Vosper Thornycroft – he was invited to become part of Paul Doswell’s bold plans to lift the Stoneham Lane club out of the Wessex ranks and aim for the very top of the non-League pyramid.

At around the time Diaper took over at Vospers, Doswell was managing the Hampshire senior representative side and Diaper was involved in the county set-up as coach.

Part of Doswell’s strategy to take Eastleigh through the leagues was to use the club’s Saints links as much as possible – hence the highly-publicised signings of Dell legend Matt Le Tissier and, later, Francis Benali and Jason Dodd.

Diaper recalled: “I’d spent one season at Vospers when Dossie asked me if I’d be coach at Eastleigh.

“I went to his house for a chat, but it was it wasn’t for me.

“I could never imagine me coaching Matt Le Tissier!

“I’d only just started at Vospers and I wanted to stay and it went on from there.”

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9:11am Fri 9 May 14

hdsaint says...

Oh good, another article about Sholing.

What colour socks will this guy be wearing at Wembley? We need to know this stuff.
Oh good, another article about Sholing. What colour socks will this guy be wearing at Wembley? We need to know this stuff. hdsaint
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