Doncaster Rovers: Jones undecided on player role

Rob Jones
Rob Jones

Rob Jones has confessed he is yet to decide whether he will play during his time in charge of Doncaster Rovers.

A neck injury has kept Jones out of action since the Capital One Cup defeat to Ipswich Town in August and since then he has been appointed caretaker manager.

Jones now has the green light to play again but remains undecided over whether to remain in the technical area.

“I’ve not made my mind up,” he said. “Right now, I have to decide where best I fit this football club.

“Is it playing? Is it controlling things on a training pitch and on matchdays?

“I’m still very undecided on that.

“My players know and understand where I’m coming from and they’re happy with the decisions I make.

“And at this present moment in time I’m probably not fit enough to play because I’ve been out with a neck injury.”

Rovers are light on defensive cover due to Luke McCullough’s knee injury meaning pressure could be placed on Jones to join the matchday squad.

Jones combined playing with his managerial role alongside Brian Flynn as Rovers won the League One title three seasons ago.

And while confident he can balance the roles, he says time has taken a toll on his playing career.

He said: “A lot of people say it’s difficult to do both and there’s not many people that have done it and succeeded.

“I did it and succeeded two years ago when we won the league.

“But I’m nearly three years older than I was then and I’ve had a few injuries along the way.

“For me, if Rob Jones playing is beneficial for the football club, I will.

“If it’s beneficial for Rob Jones to be on the sidelines and control training through the week, that’s what I’ll do.

“I have to make myself available if I am needed.

“Not only do I have to take training, analyse training but then I’ve got to work hard after training to put myself in a position where I’m available to play.”