SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Dave Jones bid to repay Milan Mandaric

Daily chats: Dave Jones is in regular touch with Mandaric
Daily chats: Dave Jones is in regular touch with Mandaric
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DAVE Jones wants to repay Milan Mandaric for the faith that the chairman has show in him.

The Owls manager confirms that Mandaric has been supportive towards him during the team’s bad run.

Jones speaks of a daily dialogue between him and the chairman, who has issued a statement backing the boss and vowing that the Owls will climb the table.

But Jones accepts that managers always come under scrutiny if things go wrong. “Nobody is safe in football.

“They (Chelsea) have just sacked a manager who’s won the European Cup. I get a bit worried because my win record is 60-odd per cent, his (Roberto Di Matteo’s) was 57 per cent and it didn’t seem good enough!

“We can joke about it, but I’m never fearful of that. I came here and everybody hailed me as a good manager; now all of a sudden I’m a bad manager - that’s football.”

Jones, who has come under fire from some fans, says of Mandaric. “I speak to him every day. He’s very supportive. That’s what you want in a chairman.

“He’s disappointed. He can’t hide that, we all can’t. He wears his heart on his sleeve.

“I want to give him back the faith that he shows in people here. We’re trying to do that.”

”We haven’t all become bad people overnight. It doesn’t work that way. But that’s the life of being in football, because everybody thinks there’s something better on the other side.”

Mandaric says he has “every confidence” the Owls will stay up: “I firmly believe we have a good manager in Dave Jones. He and his staff have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to take us up the table.

“Trust me, we will accomplish our aim of consolidation and continue to build for the future. I ask our wonderful and loyal supporters to stay behind the club as one. Understand that I will manage these difficulties with the best interests of Sheffield Wednesday at heart. We will get out of this trouble one way or another but it will be a lot easier if we stay together with everybody working in the same direction.”