Shearing: I’m not the special one - I am the only one’

Dave Shearing
Dave Shearing

New Hailsham Town boss Dave Shearing said he’s not the special one - he’s the only one following his surprise appointment last week.

Shearing, 57, admitted that his unsuccessful stint at St Francis last season was set to be his last managerial role in senior football.

But when Paul Daubeney stepped aside at Hailsham due to work commitments, the Beaconsfield club were struggling to find a first team manager.

Shearing, who managed at Hailsham previously and has also been in charge at Eastbourne United and Langney Wanderers, approached his home town club and offered his services.

“It seemed to be the job in football no-one wanted,” Shearing said. “Manchester United have the special one and now Hailsham Town have the only one!

“There has been plenty of things said on social media about my appointment but I don’t care about that - they can say what they like about me. But there are many people working at Hailsham and doing what is best for the club and they don’t deserve to see some of this stuff that is being written. I don’t get these people, instead of slagging people off, why don’t they get down the club, role their sleeves up and do something more constructive than tweeting a load of old rubbish.” Shearing hopes to add a few players to his squad for the upcoming Southern Combination Premier League campaign. He added, “I have a few irons in the fire but to be honest, if they don’t come off we will go with what we have. We had a great training session this week and I was so enthused by the turn out. The club are solvent, we have a proper structure in place and I’m very positive about the season.”

Hailsham will hold an open trial session at the Beaconsfield tomorrow (Saturday, 11.30am) all players are welcome.

Hailsham Town manager Paul Daubeney has stepped down from the role before taking charge of competitive match.

Daubeney, who replaced previous boss Ian Stevens at the end of last season, left the position last week due to work commitments.

The club moved swiftly and have installed experienced County League manager Dave Shearing for the coming Southern Combination Premier campaign.

Shearing said: “

A statement from Hailsham Town read, “The club have asked Dave Shearing to step in as manager in Paul’s place.

“Dave is experienced and brings plenty of enthusiasm to see his local club succeed.”

Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.30, and the club would like to welcome all new and existing players.

Shearing is talking to backroom staff, however any additional interest is welcome and he can be contacted directly on 07710 161552.

The first preseason friendly will then take place on Tuesday July 26, at home to Rusthall (7.30pm), followed by another home game against Southend Manor on Saturday July 30 (3pm).

Hailsham received a reprieve for this season and will compete in the Southern Combination Premier despite finishing last campaign in the bott0m three.