Rob Jones makes it clear to his players every day that he wants the Doncaster Rovers manager’s job on a permanent basis.
Richie Wellens made the revelation and added the Rovers squad have been determined to ensure interim boss Jones does get the nod with their performances.
“He makes it clear to us every day that he wants it,” Wellens said.
“He’s obviously desperate for it.
“You see a lot of managers who are a bit low key saying they’re happy to do what they’re told and whatever happens happens.
“But he’s put his heart on the line and I think from each performance and you’ve seen our workrate has been as if we want him to get the job,
“It’s just sometimes that quality has let us down.
“I think you can slowly see us progressing from that Walsall game and Sheffield United to where we are now.”
“We’ve improved a lot.”
The Star understands interim boss Jones will be interviewed tomorrow for the vacancy.
Wellens is confident that whatever decision the Rovers board makes, Jones will emerge as a good manager in time.
And he believes Jones’ time working as the club’s U21 coach has proved invaluable.
He said: “I think he’ll be a good manager one day.
“I think he’s had a bit of an advantage because he’s been injured for so long.
“He’s stepped out of playing for a long time.
“He’s taken the U21s and I think everyone can see the influence he has on the young players.
“Being injured has helped him.”
Interviews for the vacant manager’s job will continue today with the club set to unveil their new boss late on this week.