Sheffield Wednesday: Jones warns against change

Gary Megson, one of many managers who preceded Dave Jones
Gary Megson, one of many managers who preceded Dave Jones

Dave Jones knows full well that his job could be hanging by a thread.

But he has pointed out that a change of manager does not always work and has ultimately failed many times at Hillsborough.

Any successor to Jones would be the club’s 10th in the last 12 years.

The nine have been Paul Jewell, Peter Shreeves, Terry Yorath, Chris Turner, Paul Sturrock, Brian Laws, Alan Irvine, Gary Megson and Jones.

Says Jones: “The club has had it so many times (a managerial change) that your never get the foundations set. Someone comes in and gets rid of it all. “There are still a lot of good things going on inside this club.

“Now the senior staff, the ones who are playing, have a responsibility to ensure that all the hard work that’s been done over the last 18 months isn’t thrown away.

“That’s what will happen (with a manager change). Someone will come in and change it all - it might work for a short time, still working with the same people with the same bad habits, maybe the same good habits.

“If you ain’t got it right in the last 12 years, do you go another 12 years and try and get it?

“You might have a bit of belief and trust and faith in the people who have been there, seen it, done it. It might be hard at the moment but that’s what you might have to do.”

Jones has seen far more success than failure in his management career and will be drawing on all of his experience in his attempt to engineer a good result at Blackpool and a performance that could help to keep him at Hillsborough.

The Seasiders decided against a loan deal with Wolves for £5m ex-Spurs midfield man Jamie O’Hara before Thursday’s deadline. He had been training with the club.

So manager Paul Ince, concerned about O’Hara’s fitness, will have much the same squad as the one on duty for last week’s 1-1 draw at Birmingham.