Sheffield Wednesday: Palmer fears for old friend Jones

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones
Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones
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Owls legend Carlton Palmer fears for his old friend Dave Jones’s job as manager of Sheffield Wednesday if results don’t improve.

The Championship returns to action on Saturday after the final international break of 2013 with Wednesday third from bottom in the table.

Jones’ team have won just once in 14 league matches and put in a particularly poor performance last time out with a 3-0 defeat at Derby County on November 9.

Palmer, who played 286 times for Wednesday and was signed by Jones at Southampton in 1997, said: “I’m good mates with Dave but I think even he’d have no complaints if things haven’t changed in a month’s time.

“It’s a difficult league though because lots of teams are paying huge sums of money.

“Sometimes you’re on a hiding to nothing because people don’t know the full facts. Only Dave Jones and Milan Mandaric (the Wednesday chairman) know the full situation.

“As a bloke Dave convinced me to join Southampton from Leeds United. We were near the bottom of the table and ended up nearly getting into Europe. Dave is a good manager and a good coach.”

Jones faces several selection decisions ahead of Saturday’s home match against a struggling HuddersfieldTown. Midfielder Jose Semedo is available after serving a three-game ban and winger Jacques Maghoma and left back Joe Mattock are pushing for returns to the first team.

And Kamil Zayatte has yet to firmly secure his place alongside Roger Johnson at the heart of the Wednesday defence as he turned in an inconsistent display at Derby after being impressive the week before in the home win over Reading.

Miguel Llera or Martin Taylor, back at the club after a loan spell at Brentford, may well also come into Jones’ thinking.

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