Dave Penney was confirmed as the assistant manager of Southend United on June 20, 2013.
Penney began his managerial career in 2000 whilst still a player with Doncaster.
After a well-placed finish in his first season, Penney guided Doncaster back into the Football League with victory in the play-off final in the 2002–03 season.
A successive promotion followed as Penney guided Doncaster to the Division Three title in 2003/04.
Penney then helped to establish Doncaster in Coca-Cola League One the following two seasons.
During his time in charge, Penney led Doncaster to famous victories over Premier League sides Manchester City and Aston Villa, and nearly overcame Arsenal in the Carling Cup quarter-finals before finally being beaten in a penalty shootout.
Penney then parted company with Doncaster in August 2006. It was in October of that year when Penney was appointed boss of Darlington.
In the 2007/08 season Penney led Darlington to a sixth place finish where the side would miss out to Rochdale on penalties.
Penny then left Darlington to become manager of Oldham in April 2009.
Penny arrived at Boundary Park after successful spells with Darlington and Doncaster Rovers. After one season with the club, Penney and Oldham parted company in May 2010.
Penney then took charge of Bristol Rovers for a short period during the 2010/11 season.
Born in Wakefield, began his professional playing career with Derby County, the then Third Division club where 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 before ending his career with Doncaster.