|David signed for Havant and Waterlooville in August 2000 and brought with him considerable experience from a lengthy footballing career. Having played for Tottenham Hotspur and Oxford United in the 1980s he moved to the non-league via Reading, joining Farnborough Town. He has also played for Dover Athletic (signing for a record £50,000 in 1993), Rushden and Diamonds, and came to the Hawks from Kingstonian with whom he won the FA Trophy in 2000. He was granted a testimonial match in 2000 when he scored for Kingstonian against Spurs at Kingsmeadow.
Davidís transition into managerial duties started during the 2002/03 season when he took joint control of the Hawks Under-18 side with Bobby De St Croix. The team entered the history books by becoming the first to win all four Hampshire Youth titles in a flawless season, and his success saw him put in charge of the Hawks Reserves. 18 games into an unbeaten run, David was promoted again to take control of the Hawks first team in January 2004. His enthusiasm and desire reformed a dying side and lifted them from certain relegation to a place in the new Conference with a dramatic win on the penultimate day of the season. The side though failed to improve through the first half of the 2004/05 season and David was relieved of his position eleven months into his run in November 2004.