|Date of birth||5 March 1973|
|Place of birth||Luserna San Giovanni, Italy|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1993–1994||→ Fidelis Andria (loan)||26||(0)|
|1994–1995||→ Ancona (loan)||27||(0)|
|1998–1999||→ Pescara (loan)||7||(0)|
|2004–2005||→ Siena (loan)||15||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Nicola was born in Luserna San Giovanni.
In the Serie B 2005–06 playoffs he scored a goal that gave his Torino F.C. a promotion to Serie A. In the 2006–07 season of Serie B his good play for Spezia Calcio in the last few games contributed to Spezia avoiding relegation.
On 21 April 2014, Nicola was appointed manager of Livorno again. 
On 23 June 2016, he was appointed manager of Serie A newcomers Crotone. He promised to ride a bicycle from Crotone to his home town of Turin if they avoided relegation. They finished 17th, two points above the relegation zone, overturning Empoli on the final matchday of the season in what was hailed as a football miracle, as Crotone had collected only nine points in the whole first half of the season. In order to fulfill the promise, Nicola celebrated the result by riding 1300 km from Crotone to Turin on a bicycle.
Nicola was the father of Alessandro, who died in a road accident in 2014, aged only 14.
All competitive league games (league and domestic cup) and international matches (including friendlies) are included.
- As of 20 April 2019
- L' esultanza di Nicola: «Mi aveva detto: segnerai tu».
- "UFFICIALE: Nicola nuovo tecnico del Lumezzane" (in Italian). TuttoMercatoWeb. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
- "Davide Nicola sollevato dall´incarico" (in Italian). A.S. Livorno Calcio. 13 January 2014. Archived from the original on 13 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- "Udinese official: Velazquez out, Nicola in". Football-italia.net. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- http://www.gazzetta.it/Calcio/14-07-2014/davide-nicola-livorno-tragedia-incidente-bici-muore-figlio-14enne-801236821554.shtml Gazzetta
- Davide Nicola at TuttoCalciatori.net (in Italian)