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Dave Jones
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Personal information
Full name David Robert Jones
Date of birth 17 August 1956 (1956-08-17) (age 53)
Place of birth    Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current club Cardiff City (Manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Coventry City
Seiko (loan)
Preston North End
086 (1)
011 (0)
009 (2)
013 (0)
050 (1)
169 (4)   
National team
England under-21 001 (0)
Teams managed
Stockport County
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Cardiff City

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

David (Dave) Robert Jones (born 17 August 1956 in Liverpool, Lancashire) is an English football manager currently in charge of Cardiff City.


Playing career

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. 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 0-0 and was decided by penalties, Jones did scoring from the spot, but Seiko went on to lose 2-3. He was also selected in the sqaud of Hong Kong League XI lead by Dutch coach George Knobel, to face French side Monaco on 9 January 1982, which ended in a 1-0 win for the Hong Kong League XI.

After retiring from professional football he went on to become assistant manager at Southport where he also made 2 appearances as a player.

Managerial career

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 took over as first-team manager from Danny Bergara in March 1995. He took the team into the First Division (now the Championship) from an automatic promotion place in 1997. He also took the club to the semi finals of what was then the Coca Cola Cup where they were narrowly defeated by Middlesbrough, 2-1 on aggregate despite an impressive win at the Riverside Stadium. During the same cup run Stockport County also defeated Sheffield United, Blackburn Rovers, Southampton and West Ham United, all of whom were in higher divisions than the club at the time.


This promotion brought him to the attention of Southampton, who offered him a contract to manage their Premier League team. His reign during the 1999–2000 season was rocked by his arrest on charges of child abuse during his employment as a care worker in the late 1980s.

The case put tremendous strain on the manager, who was forced to defend his case on Merseyside whilst managing a team based over two hundred miles away on the south coast. In January 2000, Southampton decided to suspend him on full pay until the case was resolved with Glenn Hoddle taking over his managerial duties.

When the case eventually came to court, it was thrown out in its first week - the judge recording a not guilty verdict and commenting that the case should have never reached the trial stage.[1] Southampton paid off the remainder of Jones' contract and he was free to leave the club — Jones contended that this amounted to unfair dismissal and took the case to industrial tribunal but their decision was upheld.[2]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Jones took over at Wolverhampton Wanderers, signing a three-year contract on 3 January 2001. The side were then sat 12th in the First Division after a poor first half to the season under Colin Lee. Results continued to remain indifferent though and the side eventually finished 12th.

The summer of 2001 saw Jones undertake a large overhaul of the playing squad in the pursuit of promotion. He spent over £7million - the largest spending in the club's history in one transfer period - bringing in the likes of Nathan Blake, Colin Cameron, Mark Kennedy, Alex Rae and Shaun Newton. Additional firepower was also later purchased in Kenny Miller and a cut-price Dean Sturridge.

The only major disappointment from the players Jones signed as he rejuvenated Wolves was Belgian striker Cedric Roussel, a £1.5million signing from Coventry City in February 2001. Roussel was one of the most expensive players ever signed by Wolves but he played just 27 times and scored twice in 18 months. [1]

Jones's new-look team quickly made an impact, hitting the top of the league by late September, and remaining in the automatic promotion spots over the following months. He won the Division One Manager of the Month Award in February 2002,[3] as part of a sequence of 10 wins from 11 games. By mid-March, they sat in 2nd place, with an 11 point lead over their arch-rivals and nearest challengers West Bromwich Albion.[4]

However, the final nine games saw Wolves take just 10 points from 27 available, while Albion, in contrast, won 8 of their final 10 fixtures to overtake their rivals and pip them to promotion on the final day of the season. Jones suffered more disappointment when his side compounded their poor end to the campaign by losing their play-off semi-final to Norwich City, and their misery was complete later that month when they saw another of their local rivals, Birmingham City, gain promotion as playoff winners.

The following season proved a similar rollercoaster ride for Jones. Inconsistent early form left them well off the pace for automatic promotion and a dismal Christmas period saw him under increasing pressure as they weren't even in the playoff zone. An FA Cup win over top flight Newcastle United seemed to reverse fortunes though, and his side lost just 2 of their remaining 20 games to finish 5th, in the play-off zone. They overcame Reading in the semi-finals and 3-0 victory over Sheffield United in the final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, saw Jones become the manager who returned Wolves to the top level of English football for the first time since 1984 and the man who achieved the chairman Jack Hayward's ambition of Premier League footballer after 11 years, millions of pounds spent on players, and four previous managers.

Jones had just £4million to spend in the summer preparing for Premier League football, however, the team was significantly weakened by the season-long injuries to Joleon Lescott and Matt Murray, and began the season missing several other key components of their promotion campaign. The side endured a nightmare start to the campaign, shipping 9 goals in 2 defeats, and remaining winless until their eighth match. Although, he oversaw several impressive results - most notably defeating Manchester United - his side was mired in the dropzone for almost all the season and was duly relegated in 20th place with 33 points. Their relegation was effectively confirmed on 1 May despite an impressive win over Everton, which left them needing a mathematical miracle to finish outside the bottom three, and the following weekend their survival became mathematically impossible.

Jones aimed for an immediate return to the Premier League in 2004-05, but had to begin the season once again under a cloud of injuries. His squad was now ageing, with most of the players bought as experienced pros in 2001 still forming the core. The side failed to live up to expectations and managed just 4 wins from the first 15 games, leaving them 17th. As pressure mounted, he was sacked on 1 November 2004, after a final loss against a Gillingham side reduced to 10 men, a side who had been on the receiving end of a 6-0 Wolves victory in their previous meeting just before the promotion 18 months earlier.

Cardiff City

During Jones' first season in charge of Cardiff City, they achieved a respectable 11th place in the Championship. Re-building over the summer of 2006, Jones forged a talented side who found themselves at the top of the Championship. However, after a strong start, poor form later in the season led to Cardiff City finishing the season in 13th.

On 29 September 2007 Jones was sent from the dugout and into the stands during a league match against Barnsley after criticising referee Phil Dowd over a penalty decision. He was formally charged with misconduct on 2 October. Jones countered by claiming that, "I was angry with the referee because I think he was the only person in the stadium that didn't think it was a penalty. He didn't make a big call."

He also complained that Dowd ordered him into a section of the stadium containing Barnsley fans and feared that his safety had been put at risk. He stated that, "To send me the stand is crazy because he's then endangering me by sending me through the crowd, who are just going to abuse me"

He faced an FAW hearing about the incident[5] and was found guilty resulting in a two-match touchline ban, which he served in the Championship match against Plymouth Argyle and the third round FA Cup tie against Chasetown.[6]

On 9 March 2008 Jones led Cardiff to their first FA Cup semi-final tie since 1927 after beating Premier League side Middlesbrough 2-0 in the quarter-finals. On 6 April Cardiff City beat Barnsley 1-0 at Wembley Stadium to book an FA Cup Final place against Portsmouth. Cardiff City lost the Final, played on 17 May 2008, with the only goal of the game being scored by Nwankwo Kanu for Portsmouth, after 37 minutes play.

The start of the 2008-09 season saw veterans Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Robbie Fowler and Trevor Sinclair released and the sales of some of the team's biggest assets in Glenn Loovens and Aaron Ramsey. Despite this Jones brought in several new faces and by November Cardiff found themselves in a play-off spot, earning Jones the Championship manager of the month for October.[7] However, after spending the majority of the season in a play-off position, the side missed out on the final day of the season after suffering a 1-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday. Despite missing out on the play-offs, Jones had led Cardiff to their highest league position for 38 years.

The start of the 2009-10 season saw Cardiff in top form beating Scunthorpe United 4-0 putting them top. In the first five games Cardiff were only in the top two until a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United which put Cardiff 8th. On 7 November 2009 Jones earned the Championship manager of the month for October, the same day Cardiff lost the first South Wales Derby 3-2 at Liberty Stadium.

False accusation of 'child abuse'

In June 1999 Jones was formally questioned by police over alleged sexual abuse at St George's School in Formby, Merseyside,[8] a home for children with educational and behavioural problems, where he had been employed as a care worker from 1986 to 1990.[9] After voluntarily attending the police station, he was arrested then questioned, before being released on bail without charge.[10]

He was subsequently charged on 27 September with nine offences against young boys of indecent assault and child cruelty. He denied all the allegations and stated he was "confident that [his] innocence will be established in due course".[10] He appeared before Merseyside Magistrates Court on 2 November 1999 where he formally pleaded not guilty to all charges and was granted bail.[11]

The case reached Liverpool Crown Court in December 2000, by which time Jones had parted company with Southampton. He stood trial on an eventual 21 charges, which was swiftly reduced to 14 after two other alleged victims pulled out of proceedings on the eve of the trial.[9] After a further alleged victim declined to appear or refused to give evidence, the Judge directed the jury during the fourth day of proceedings to return a formal not guilty verdict on four charges relating to the absent party.[9] After decreeing a retrial would not be "just" on the remaining charges, the Judge recorded not guilty verdicts on the remaining 10 charges.[1] Jones left cleared of all allegations and was told by the Judge: "No wrongdoing whatsoever on your part has been established".[12]

One of the key "victims" was later found to have fabricated their claim of abuse in Jones' and other cases brought from Operation Care - the police investigation into child abuse - in order to win compensation.[13] Jones himself later spoke bitterly of the handling of the case and claimed it was the cause of his father's death, who had died shortly after the allegations became public.[2]

Jones speaks in more detail about the case in his autobiography, published in June 2009.



As a player

Everton F.C.
Seiko SA
1980-81, 1982-83

As a manager

Stockport County
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Cardiff City


As a manager

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Stockport County England 1 August 1995 23 June 1997 117 57 32 28 48.72
Southampton England 23 June 1997 27 January 2000 113 37 22 54 32.74
Wolverhampton Wanderers England 3 January 2001 1 November 2004 187 75 52 60 40.11
Cardiff City Wales 25 May 2005 Present 249 100 68 81 40.16
Total 656 269 174 223 41.01
As of 13 March 2010.


  1. ^ a b "Ex-football manager cleared". BBC Sport. 15 February 20005. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Dave Jones: They killed my father, I honestly believe it". The Independent. 20 March 2002. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Jones wins boss award". BBC Sport. 1 March 2002. Retrieved 10 November 2007. 
  4. ^ What a Season that was. [DVD]. ILC Sport. 2002. DVD2255. 
  5. ^ "Jones hit with misconduct charge" BBC Sport retrieved on 2 October 2007
  6. ^ "In-demand Ledley earns points again" South Wales Echo Retrieved on 6 January 2008
  7. ^ "Jones named top manager for October" MediaWales Retrieved on 13 November 2008
  8. ^ "How the police trawl the innocent". New Statesman. 19 July 1999. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  9. ^ a b c "Former football manager cleared of child abuse charges". Guardian. 16 December 2000. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Premiership manager on child abuse charges". BBC Sport. 27 July 1999. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  11. ^ "Football boss denies child abuse". BBC Sport. 2 November 1999. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  12. ^ "Football chairman sues for libel". London: The Times. 18 November 2005. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  13. ^ "Man made 'false claim of abuse in care to get compensation'". Daily Telegraph. 18 February 2003.'false-claim-of-abuse-in-care-to-get-compensation'.html. Retrieved 20 February 2009. 

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