Doncaster Rovers: Rob Jones refuses to be drawn on job ambitions

Rob Jones
Rob Jones

Rob Jones has steadfastly refused to rule himself in or out of the running for the vacant Doncaster Rovers manager’s job.

The 35-year-old took his first training session on Thursday since being handed the first team reins on a temporary basis, following Paul Dickov’s departure earlier this week.

Later, in his first press conference as caretaker boss, Jones refused to be drawn on whether he wants the job on a permanent basis.

“I’m here to do what I’m told to do, nothing more, nothing less,” said Jones.

“I’m doing what I’m doing until I’m told otherwise.

“I’m not going into detail about what I want or what I don’t wan’t.

“I’m here preparing a team for the weekend. That question [do you want the job?] is for other people. I’m not interested in answering that question.”

He added: “I know what you [the media] want and I’m not going to give you it. I’m doing what I’ve been asked to do, until I’m told otherwise.”

Jones preferred to look ahead to Saturday’s trip to Walsall but also reflected on a difficult week behind the scenes at Rovers.

“It’s always disappointing as a player when a manager departs but football goes on,” he said.

“I have the utmost respect for him [Paul Dickov], I still do. He was a lovely guy and he did everything he possibly could to get things right on the pitch.

“But what’s happened has happened and we now need to draw a line under it.”

Jones has had the all-clear on his neck injury but has not trained this week and will be in the dugout this weekend. He is currently being assisted by Paul Butler, Paul Gerrard, Ben Rome and also Paul Stancliffe.