Purse backs Jones to boost Owls

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DARREN Purse believes that his former boss Dave Jones has the credentials to be a promotion-winning Wednesday manager.

Ex-Owls captain Purse played under Jones at Cardiff and says that the new boss’s experience will be key if the Owls are to go up.

The race for a top-two spot has intensified with United and Wednesday now having played the same number of games and with the Blades’ lead only two points.

“Wednesday obviously have to rely on other people dropping points and aim to keep their run going,” said Purse. “Two wins is a great start for a new manager.

“If they don’t go up automatically I think there’s every chance they’ll do it in the play-offs and I think they would be favourites in those.

“Dave Jones took Wolves up via the play-offs and twice took Cardiff to the play-offs. You don’t get too many managers with that kind of experience.

“We didn’t make it (to promotion) but it still added to the experience that he can pass on to Wednesday.”

Purse, now playing for Plymouth, was Jones’s first signing for Cardiff: “He made me captain straight away; I had four really good years there, on and off the pitch.

“He’s a good manager; he has so many contacts in the game and people respect him. He’s brought in Terry Burton, a very good coach.

“We’re coming to the part of the season when you can get teams at the bottom going on runs and beating teams at the top. There will be some surprising results; hopefully Wednesday will benefit from that as well.”

Owls right back Jon Otsemobor is to have a knee operation and will miss the rest of the season. He has not played since the home game against Stevenage a month ago.

Prescot Cables striker Steven Tames pulled out of his trial for the Owls, preferring to go to League Two club Accrington. Wednesday were not willing to sign him without a trial.