David "Dave" Robert Jones
(born 17 August 1956 in Liverpool
, United Kingdom
) is an English football manager
previously in charge of Cardiff City
. He parted company with Cardiff on 30th May 2011 after three successive near-misses in his attempts steer Cardiff to promotion to the Premier League.
Like most professional managers in the game, Jones enjoyed a career as a player in his early years. He started his professional career with Everton
in his home town of Liverpool. He played as a defender
with the team for seven years, during which time he represented the English national team
at youth and under-21 level.
He left Everton to play for Coventry City
in 1981 for a transfer fee of £275,000 – after three seasons he picked up a knee injury which threatened to end his football career.
After recovering from this injury, he played two further seasons for Seiko
in Hong Kong
and one season for Preston North End
before retiring. Jones first went to Hong Kong on 2 April 1981 on loan from Coventry City for the remainder of the season, teammate Jim Hagan
had already settled in the squad. At the end of the season, Seiko won the league championship
for the third time in a row as well as the Hong Kong FA Cup
. After his release from Coventry City, Jones joined Seiko on a permanent basis at the start of the 1982/83 season, playing 22 games for Seiko during the season, including a friendly with a "Brazil Stars Team" on 12 December 1982, the game ended... Read More