Doncaster Rovers: Rob Jones unsure of Rovers future

Rob Jones
Rob Jones

Rob Jones says he has received no indication of whether tonight’s trip to York City will be his last game in charge of Doncaster Rovers.

The club are set to appoint their new permanent boss by the start of next week and tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash at Bootham Crescent will be the final game before a decision is made.

Jones has made no secret of his desire to claim the job on a full time basis and says he has enjoyed his time in caretaker charge.

“It could be, it could not be,” Jones said on whether it will be his last game in the job.

“I’ve loved it, I’ve loved every second of it.

“Do I want it to continue? Yes I do.

“But that’s out of my hands.

“The only thing I can control is what players are on the pitch, what formation we play, how we do things.

“Tomorrow will be no different.

“If it’s the last one of my tenure here as interim manager, so be it.

“But as I’ve said before, it won’t be the last one of my managerial career.

“It will come to a head at some point. The decision has to be made for the best of everyone at the club.

“When that decision is made is out of my hands.

“I will do my utmost, give my 100 per cent until I’m told it’s either mine or it isn’t.”

Jones has spoken with passion about the progress made by the side since he took the reins on an interim basis four weeks ago.

He picked up his first win in charge on Saturday with the 2-1 triumph over Barnsley.

When asked if it would be frustrating to see someone else continuing his work, he said: “It’s something I’ve got to accept.

“I’m comfortable in my own skin, I’m very comfortable in my own position.

“It’s something I might have to deal with but deal with in a positive manner.

“If someone else comes in, I will give whoever it is my whole backing.

“I go back to my playing contract and U21s manager and I get on with it.

“I’m only 35 so I’ve got a lot of years left to become a manager of a football club.

“Do I want it right now? Yes of course I do.

“I love this football club, I want to be at this football club.

“But if I’m not the right person to take it forward right now, then I’ll deal with it and I’ll give whoever it is my whole support.

“I’m very comfortable in my own mindset of how I would move forward with every different scenario.”

Rovers will be without defender Luke McCullough who has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad.