Changes are on the way

My way: Dave Jones wants to put his own stamp on the Owls but will do it bit by bit
My way: Dave Jones wants to put his own stamp on the Owls but will do it bit by bit

OWLS boss Dave Jones is forecasting a summer of change.

He will examine the entire operation of the club and look to put his own stamp on it.

But he has yet to complete fully his assessment of players and is steering away from drastic measures so early in his reign.

Jones has already begun to alter the team’s style of play and says he is not alone in wanting to do things his way: “Every manager has a certain way; I’m no different.

“I have a certain way; whether it be my man-management, coaching or decision-making.

“Everybody is different; that’s the beauty of the game.

“I’ll impose what I think is right on the players, but it’s not going to be drastic change all of a sudden. That will take a bit of time.

“Probably come the summer time there will be lots of changes around here, because, whether it be me or anybody else, that’s what you’ll end up doing, otherwise why change anything at all?

“So there will be changes. I’m not just talking about the players, I’m talking about the whole set-up; whether it be training, what’s in the training centre, what’s at the ground, or travelling. It’s everything that I have to look at.

“But at the moment, you just let things tick along then, bit by bit, if you like something you keep it and if you don’t you change it.”

The Owls hope to

be a Championship club by the summer; tomorrow’s clash with Bournemouth gives them another opportunity to step up their promotion challenge only four days after the 4-1 win against Bury on Jones’s home debut.

“As long as you are in the mix, that’s the important thing,” he says. “We’re still playing catch-up; we have to rely on others to falter.

“You have to maintain what you are doing. When the opportunity comes, you have to be ready to pounce.”

Jones has been delighted with the way the players have responded to him and has praised the performance against Bury as “superb”.

Bournemouth have lost their last four games; the most recent brought a 1-0 home defeat against leaders Charlton last Saturday.

Cherries and former Owls assistant manager Russ Wilcox said: “We totally outplayed Charlton but got done by a 92nd-minute goal.”