Sheffield Wednesday appoint Dave Jones as new manager


By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor  



Jones played for Everton and Coventry before recently managing Cardiff City in the Championship


League One Sheffield Wednesday have appointed Dave Jones as their new manager initially on a contract lasting until the end of the season.

The 55-year old former Cardiff, Wolves and Southampton boss succeeds Gary Megson to the Hillsborough hotseat after the club's chairman Milan Mandaric, recently cleared of tax evasion charges along with Harry Redknapp at Southwark Crown Court following his spell at Portsmouth, surprisingly chose to sack him on Wednesday despite winning last Sunday's Steel City derby against rivals Sheffield United which took them to third place in the table- although they are currently five points adrift of the second-placed Blades.

Jones, who steered Cardiff to the play-offs last season before losing to Reading and the 2010 play-off final where they were beaten by Blackpool at Wembley, has been out of work since resigning from the Welsh club at the end of last campaign following six years at the helm. It was confirmed he was in advanced talks with the Owls yesterday as the club acted quickly to replace ex-Bolton boss Megson who has been under intense scrutiny in these past few weeks.

Dave Jones had been linked with a return to Molineux just over a week ago to manage Wolves in the Premier League although that vacancy has since been filled by the sacked Mick McCarthy's right-hand man Terry Connor.

Megson's assistant manager Chris Evans is set to take charge of the first-team for Saturday's League One clash with struggling Rochdale at Spotland.


Dave Jones has averaged a win percentage of only 41.12% at his four previous managerial posts while this is the first time he will manage in League One.


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