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Ian Baird

Born 1964
Ian joined the Hawks as a director in June 2004, having previously been a rumoured candidate for the managerial position when it became vacant in January that year. At the time he turned down the role of assistant manager to Graham Westley at Stevenage Borough to come to Westleigh Park and was eventually voted in by unanimous decision in November 2004 to replace outgoing boss Dave Leworthy. Over two and a half seasons he has taken the Hawks from the very bottom of the league table to a fourth place finish and a playoff place.

He started in 1984 at Southampton as an apprentice, where he stayed until moving to Leeds in 1985 for 75,000. He made just over 100 appearances for the side in two seasons, scoring 37 goals, before moving to Portsmouth for 285,000 in 1987. Having gone back to Leeds for a further two seasons, in 1990 he moved to Middlesborough for a half million pound fee and has since played for Hearts, Bristol City, Plymouth, Brighton, Salisbury City and Farnborough.

Since retiring from playing, the 42 year old has managed the Hong Kong national side, as well as Hong Kong first division side Interdict. He was in charge of the Southampton Youth Academy for the 1996/97 season and has attained a full set of UEFA coaching badges. He has also acted as a football agent.

In a shock move, Ian resigned as Hawks manager and moved to Blue Square South rivals Eastleigh at the start of October 2007, claiming that he had taken the squad as far as he could.

Picture Dave Haines