Sheffield Wednesday: Jones shrugs off flak threat

Dave Jones confronts referee Darren Deadman after the Bristol City game
Dave Jones confronts referee Darren Deadman after the Bristol City game

DAVE Jones will be taken out of the direct firing line at Leeds after his two-match touchline ban.

The Owls manager must sit in the stands at Elland Road tomorrow and Blackpool next Tuesday because of a combination of two FA misconduct charges.

Jones, who could still be a target for flak tomorrow though he will not be an isolated figure on the touchline, insists that he will be unaffected even if he receives hostile treatment. Ill-feeling was stoked at the Wednesday v Leeds match when Chris Kirkland was attacked.

In addition, Jones was subjected to abusive chanting; he then described some Leeds fans as “vile animals” and called for them to be banned from away games.

But he has played down any personal aspect of his visit to Elland Road and said: “We’re going there for football. Having a go at me or anybody else won’t get them any more points.

“I’ve been around a long time as a player, coach and manager; I’ve played in front of 120,000 baying for blood. It’s never affected me in any way.

“It won’t affect me on the day and it won’t affect the players. Whatever tickles their fancy; If they’re having a go at me and not the team because they’re so many points, then fine, that’s their prerogative. I’m not going to lose sleep over it. I’m going there to try and do a job for Sheffield Wednesday.”

Jones’ ban comprises his one-match suspended sentence for the flare-up involving Brighton coach Charlie Oatway at Hillsborough and another match for his end-of-game protest to the referee over Bristol City’s equaliser after Kirkland had appeared to be fouled.