Sheffield Wednesday: Jones targets joy of safety

Dave Jones and his staff celebrate promotion after last season's final game, against Wycombe
Dave Jones and his staff celebrate promotion after last season's final game, against Wycombe
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Dave Jones believes that if the Owls clinch Championship safety it will at least equal the feat of last season’s promotion.

The Wednesday manager has not forgotten the joy of the club’s late surge into a League One automatic promotion spot.

But he feels that the Championship is of a much higher standard with big-spending opposition and has presented a demanding test.

Jones reflects: “We had a fantastic year last time. Everybody was really delighted.

“If we can get safe in this division, it will be just as big an achievement as last year’s when we were promoted, if not bigger, because we have come into a hard division where there are a lot of clubs really pushing.

“There was a time when, with a couple more results, we might have been doing that. But we are not at that stage yet. That will be the next step for us, depending on what players we can get and where we finish.”

The current priority is to make sure of safety.

Jones, chairman Milan Mandaric and vice-chairman Paul Aldridge are waiting for Championship survival to be sealed before drawing up next season’s player budget.

“I haven’t sat down with Paul and the chairman and discussed that,” said Jones. “Once we know where we are, we can sit down and set the next plan in place.

“The chairman will tell you I always have two or three players in mind.

“Once we know where we are, it will be case of where do we strengthen, how do we strengthen? We’ll have a list of players we have been looking at this season. Then can we go and get them?”

* More on Jones’ plans in today’s Green ‘Un.