Doncaster Rovers: Jones hopes shackles come off after job admission

Rob Jones
Rob Jones

Rob Jones hopes opening up about his ambition to become Rovers’ next manager will take the shackles off his team at Sheffield United today.

After a win and a draw in his first two games in temporary charge - and the deadline for applications for the vacant manager’s position now gone - Jones accepts he needs wins to boost his own chances of landing the job.

The 35-year-old, who has been backed by several of his players to make the step from interim to full time boss, broke his silence on his own intentions on Thursday by officially throwing his hat into the ring to become Rovers’ next permanent manager.

And he is hoping by doing that, his players respond in kind at Bramall Lane this afternoon.

“It’s a results based business, it’s as simple as that,” Jones told The Star.

“I have to win games. We have to win games.

“I’m working tirelessly, as are the players, as are the staff and everyone behind the scenes at the football club, to do that.

“I think I’ve probably sat on the fence till this point.

“But now the fact I’ve come out and said where I see myself and where I’m going, hopefully that’s a positive for us all.

“The players have responded very well to the way I want to do things, and how I’ve changed things,” he added.

“But now it’s time to put things onto the football pitch and move us forward.”

Cedric Evina will continue at right back in the absence of Mitchell Lund, who is still troubled by a hip flexor injury.

Loan signing Keshi Williams is expected to be on the bench, with Dany N’Guessan pushing for a start.