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.