David Mark Penney (born 17 August 1964) is an English football manager and former player. Born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, Penney entered professional football at the relatively late age of 21. He had been working as a bricklayer and playing for nothing at Pontefract Collieries for 5 years before he was spotted by Derby County scout Ron Jukes, who recommended him to manager Arthur Cox. He was offered a contract at the then Third Division club and they climbed two divisions before he left for Oxford United for £175,000. He then went on to Wales, where he played for Swansea City and Cardiff City, latterly signing for Doncaster Rovers in 1998. He played as a midfielder.
Penney in 2009
|Full name||David Mark Penney|
|Date of birth||17 August 1964|
|Place of birth||Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|York City (Sporting director)|
|1991||→ Swansea City (loan)||12||(3)|
|2000||Doncaster Rovers (player)|
|2013–2015||Southend United (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
In 2002 Penney retired to pursue a career in management and he remained at Doncaster, taking the managerial job on a full-time basis. After a well-placed finish in his first season, Penney guided Doncaster back into the Football League with victory in the 2003 play-off final. Their stay in Division Three wasn't long though as he managed Doncaster to the Division Three title. During a further two seasons of cementing Doncaster's place in League One Penney famously masterminded victories over Premier League sides Manchester City and Aston Villa, and nearly overcame Arsenal in the League Cup quarter-finals before finally being beaten in a penalty shootout. Penney left Rovers on 30 August 2006 as he felt he had taken the club as far as he could.
He was appointed manager of Darlington on 30 October 2006. He returned to Doncaster with Darlington for a Football League Trophy tie on 9 January 2007, Doncaster winning the game 2–0, and Penney received a hero's reception from the home fans at the new Keepmoat Stadium.
On 10 January 2011 Penney was appointed as manager of League One club Bristol Rovers. His tenure in charge of the west country club did not last long however, as he was sacked less than two months later having lost nine of his 13 games in charge. His last game was a 2–0 defeat against Dagenham and Redbridge. Following receiving the sack from Bristol Rovers, Stuart Campbell was put in charge for the game against Tranmere, in which a Chris Lines goal sealed a 1–0 win.
While at the Memorial Stadium, he only recorded two wins, against Swindon Town and Oldham Athletic, and also recorded a 6–1 defeat away to Walsall. He was reported as being furious after being overlooked for the Grimsby Town managerial job when Rob Scott and Paul Hurst were appointed on 22 March 2011.
As of 13 May 2013, he is reported to be interested in a coaching role at Southend United, as newly appointed manager Phil Brown seeks to improve the quality of back-room staff at the club. He was hired as an assistant coach, leaving the position in June 2015. In September 2016, Penney was once again hired as an assistant manager, this time for Guiseley. Together with manager Adam Lockwood, Penney was fired on 30 August 2017.
As a playerEdit
- Welsh Cup winner: 1991
- West Wales Senior Cup winner: 1991, 1995
- FAW Invitation Cup runner-up: 1998
As a managerEdit
- As of 5 March 2011.
|Doncaster Rovers||22 April 2000||31 May 2000||6||4||1||1||66.7|
|Doncaster Rovers||27 December 2001||30 August 2006||241||114||62||65||47.3|
|Darlington||30 October 2006||30 April 2009||139||60||35||44||43.2|
|Oldham Athletic||30 April 2009||6 May 2010||48||13||13||22||27.1|
|Bristol Rovers||10 January 2011||7 March 2011||13||2||2||9||15.38|
- Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 487. ISBN 1-85291-665-6.
- "Oldham confirm Penney as manager". BBC Sport. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- "Manager Dave Penney parts company with Oldham". BBC Sport. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
- "Bristol Rovers appoint Dave Penney as their new manager". BBC Sport. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
- "Bristol Rovers sack manager Dave Penney". BBC Sport. 7 March 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
- "Dave Penney set to join back-room staff at Southend United". Southend Echo. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- ASSISTANT MANAGER DAVE PENNEY, guiseleyafc.co.uk
- Adam Lockwood: Guiseley sack manager after one year in charge, bbc.co.uk, 30 August 2017
- York City name new manager and sporting director, yorkmix.com, 1 October 2019
- Stoddart, Craig (13 March 2009). "Penney considering all playing options". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 13 March 2009.