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Tuesday, 18 December, 2001, 11:29 GMT
Dover appoint Southall
Former Welsh international goalkeeper Nevill Southall takes over as Dover manager
Neville Southall takes over as Dover manager
Dover Athletic have appointed former Welsh international goalkeeper Neville Southall as their manager.

BBC Radio Kent report the 43-year-old former Everton stalwart will take over at Crabble, where he will be assisted by acting caretaker boss Clive Walker.

Southall has held a variety of posts since he brought the curtain down on a glittering professional playing career.

He coached the Welsh Under-19 team, as well as acting as goalkeeping coach to Cardiff City.

Southall's playing career saw him win a record 93 caps for Wales.

But his best days were spent at Everton, where he was a key part of Howard Kendall's successful team of the 1980s.

I've been struck by the commitment and ambition here
Neville Southall

During his 17 years at Goodison Park, Southall made 750 appearances, winning two League Championship titles, two FA Cups, and a European Cup-Winners Cup.

In his latter days at Everton he had loan spells at Port Vale, Southend and Stoke, who he later joined on a free transfer.

He also saw tours of duty at Torquay, Huddersfield and Bradford, for whom he made one Premiership appearance.

After Bradford, he joined York, and then League of Wales side Rhyl, before winding up at Shrewsbury as cover for Ian Dunbavin.

Dover are currently struggling two off the bottom of the Nationwide Conference table.

The club is being run by a supporters' trust after the board resigned in October.

Dover are also seeking a financial support following the withdrawal of a potential backer.

But Southall said: "I've been struck by the commitment and ambition here.

"I see this job as a glorious opportunity to help realise potential at Crabble.

Dover club spokesman Gordon Cowan said: "Neville's experience will undoubtedly increase the club's prospects."

New Dover boss Neville Southall
"I've battled all my career to be accepted for what I've done"
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