David (Dave) Robert Jones (born 17 August 1956 in Liverpool, Lancashire) is an English football manager currently in charge of Cardiff City.
Like most professional managers in the game, Dave 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.
After retiring from professional football he went on to become assistant manager at Southport where he also made 2 appearances as a player.
Dave Jones started his managerial career as assistant manager to Bryan Griffiths at Southport in 1986-87 before they both left and took up identical roles at Mossley A.F.C. for the 1988-89 season. In July 1990, he joined Stockport County as a manager for their youth team and