New manager at Atherton LR
Wed 24th April 2019 | Atherton LR | By Andy Harrison
Atherton LR have announced the appointment of David Jones as their manager for the 2019-20 season.
David brings a wealth of both playing and coaching experience, having started his career within the Manchester United Academy system with players such as Clayton Blackmore and Norman Whiteside.
He began his professional career in 1984 at aged 16 for Sing Tao in Hong Kong and then moved into league football with Stockport County in 1988. David also appeared for Tranmere Rovers and Chester City before finishing his playing career at Kettering Town in the 1995/6 season, after which he was appointed the youngest manager in non-league football at the time.
David obtained his coaching badges and returned back to Chester City FC as the Youth team coach and then in 1999-2000 season took over at Castleton Gabriels FC in the NWCFL where he led the club to their highest league finish in 52 years including an FA Vase run.
In 2000, a chance for one last playing opportunity came with an offer from MLS side New York Metrostars in a fledgling MLS league and unfortunately after only three games Vs Miami Fusion at Giants Stadium, tore his ACL which ended his playing career once and for all.
David stayed in the USA and in 2007 was chosen to coach the US Armed Forces Women’s Soccer team at both the Military Olympics and Military Soccer World Cup in 2008, helping lead the team to 5th place in both events and then coached the US Army Men’s team to 2nd place at the Armed Forces Tournament.
David then owned and coached a professional women’s franchise in the WPSL (Women’s Premier Soccer League) and won the Eastern Division Conference title in their first year.
Returning to the UK in 2018 David has managed Cheshire Lines in the West Cheshire League. David is currently assembling his coaching staff for next season.
David said of his appointment with LR: ‘I’m excited and can’t wait to get started, I know it will be a long term process and under no illusions of the task ahead’.