YOU could say that Dave Jones comes highly recommended.
His CV includes references from Harry Redknapp and Sir Alex Ferguson, said Milan Mandaric at the Hillsborough press conference called to launch Jones’ appointment as Owls manager.
The Owls chairman said he could not have found a better man to replace Gary Megson.
Mandaric has been an admirer of the way Jones plays the game and what he has accomplished, and says he is liked by players and gets the best out of them.
The club owner thinks that critics of his axing of Megson should focus on results before the derby: “I need something fresh, something new. What does Dave Jones do? He’s going to do what he’s done in the past: get players going, get them organised, maybe tweak something, and add a new dimension.
“We have to get out of this division. He doesn’t come here to a rose garden. He comes here because we have a pressure here. Thousands of supporters are desperate for success.
“That’s what we want to give to them. If he doesn’t make it this season, we’ll go and do it next season together.”
Mandaric, who has appealed for fans to trust him, said that on Thursday morrning the club sold well over 1,000 season tickets - “so there are some people who trust me”.
He said his enthusiasm for the game and the Wednesday challenge is rejuventated though he felt numb after a court case that should never have been brought.
Jones revealed that he turned down Championship jobs this season: “I didn’t think they were right for me. But this club is. I just had the feeling that something big was going to happen.
“I’ve only been pitchside and on the dressing-room side before. When you look behind the scenes, you see how enormous the club is.
“It deserves to be in the division that the stadium demands. The only way we’ll do that is by working hard.”
Jones also said he was attracted by the chairman ... “by what he said, what he expects, how he wants to go about it. He’s a genuine football person.
“He’s done a reccy on me, I’ve done a reccy on him and a lot of things about the club. Everybody I’ve talked to calls it a proper club. When you see the support and look behind the scenes, it’s massive, bigger than I thought.”
Jones spoke to the players for 20 minutes yesterday.
He wants to settle in, watch today’s game at Rochdale, get to know the players and assess everything before deciding on how he wants to begin putting his stamp on the club.