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Mick Jones
Mick Jones
Personal information
Full name Michael Jones
Date of birth 24 March 1947 (1947-03-24) (age 62)
Place of birth    Sunderland, England
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Crystal Palace (assistant manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1963–1969
1969–1973
1973–1976
1976
1976–1977
Derby County
Notts County
Peterborough United
Ottawa Tigers
Kettering Town
0 (0)
100 (1)
88 (4)

   
Teams managed
1976
1976–1979
1979–1981
1984–1986
1988–1989
1997–1998
1998–2002
2003–2004
Ottawa Tigers
Kettering Town
Mansfield Town
Halifax Town
Peterborough United
Plymouth Argyle
Brunei
Telford United

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

Michael "Mick" Jones (born 24 March 1947) is a former footballer and is a coach who is employed by Crystal Palace as assistant manager to Neil Warnock.

Playing career

He started his career as a central defender for Derby County, then managed by Brian Clough, and moved on to Notts County in 1969. Having played a key part in County's promotions in 1971 and 1973 he then moved on to Peterborough United later that year and helped the club to the Division Four championship in his first season, before leaving the country.

Management

Jones spent a brief spell as player-coach at now defunct Canadian outfit Ottawa Tigers, before he returned to England in 1976 to fill the manager's role at Kettering Town, initially as player-manager.

A successful spell at Kettering saw them in the FA Trophy final in 1979 and after losing the final to Stafford Rangers, he had his first taste of league management at Mansfield Town. Jones spent two seasons at Mansfield before joining his former team mate Roy McFarland at Bradford City as assistant manager.

After a brief spell at Derby County together the two men went their separate ways, and after Jones had two years in charge of Halifax Town he then joined Peterborough, initially as Noel Cantwell's assistant, before taking over as manager in 1988.

It was at Peterborough that Jones met Neil Warnock who he would go on to assist at Notts County from 1989 to 1993, and Huddersfield Town from 1993 to 1995, before joining Plymouth Argyle in 1995, once again as Warnock's assistant. After Warnock left Argyle in 1997 Jones had a short, unsuccessful spell as manager at Home Park and on being dismissed in 1998 had a spell managing the Brunei national team, performing an amazing feat in getting the tiny Borneo province to their first ever Malaysia Cup final in 1999, beating Sarawak by two goals to one to collect the trophy.

Jones remained with Brunei until 2002, returning to England for spells as assistant manager at Nuneaton Borough, and then manager of Telford United before financial problems led to the collapse of the club.

In 2005, Jones resumed his partnership with Warnock at Sheffield United. The club were promoted to the Premiership at the end of Jones' first season at the Blades, but were relegated again twelve months later, with both Warnock and Jones stepping down.

After this the two men spent a short period out of football before joining Crystal Palace in October 2007,[1] with the Eagles turning from relegation battlers to play-off semi-finalists under Warnock and Jones' stewardship.

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