Dave Jones returns to management with Hartlepool Unitedby Jack Kitson / 18 January 2017, 19:32Tweet
Dave Jones has returned to the dugout for the first time in over three years after signing a deal to become the new Hartlepool United manager.
The League Two club sacked boss Craig Hignett over the weekend following a 1-0 defeat to Crawley, which left the club 19th in the table, four points above the bottom-two.
It was Jones who surprisingly emerged as the hot favourite for the job, despite not featuring in the managerial arena since late 2013 (Sheffield Wednesday).
Earlier in the week caretaker manager Sam Collins briefly replaced Jones as the front runner in the betting, but the veteran boss quickly regained his place at the summit, and has now officially bagged the job, thus ending his hiatus.
Jones entered into the managerial arena with Stockport way back in 1995, and proceeded to lead the club into Old First Division, while he also took them through to the League Cup semi-finals.
Jones then became a Premier League manager after taking charge of Southampton, before dipping into the Old First Division with Wolves, but bounced back and guided the Midlands club up into the top-flight, via the play-offs, although they lasted just a season back in the Promised Land.
Jones was then out of work for just over six months, before venturing over to Wales with Cardiff City.
During his time at the helm of the Bluebirds Jones’ men finished runners-up to Portsmouth in the 2008 FA Cup Final, along with two top-6 Championship finishes (losing to Blackpool in the 2010 play-off final).
Jones’ fifth and most “recent” job was with Sheffield Wednesday (2012-2013), with whom he led up to the Championship.
The Liverpudlian will now be tasked with steering new club Hartlepool clear of the drop zone, but won't take control of the team until Monday, with Under-21 coach Sam Collins in charge for Saturday's clash with Stevenage.