Sheffield Wednesday: Owls chief vows to fight on

Manager Dave Jones says great progress has been made at Hillsborough
Manager Dave Jones says great progress has been made at Hillsborough
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Under pressure Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has said he is committed to his role at Hillsborough despite the club’s slide down the Championship table.

The beleaguered Owls are 22nd in the standings after picking up just four points from their opening eight league fixtures.

Although they outplayed Doncaster Rovers for long periods on Saturday, Jones men fell to their fourth defeat of the campaign.

Wednesday face 12th-placed Brighton and Hove Albion tonight still searching for their first win.

Asked whether he would ever consider walking away from the job, Jones said: “What am I chucking the towel in for? It [the talk] is crazy.

“If you have a bad day at the office, are you going to throw the towel in? No. Then why am I going to throw it in?

“I have not been long in the post but all of a sudden people think maybe change is for the best and I have never understood that.

“Football seems to have a tendency that people always think to get rid. They forget that it is our jobs and livelihoods.

“It just seems to be an easy option just to say you are going to chuck it in or the pressure is on.

“But if you look at the progress that there has been here then things are healthier than what probably results are showing at the moment and that’s where everybody gets frustrated.

“There is no-one more frustrated than myself, the staff and the players who are here.

“The players are trying. It is not for the want of the trying. They feel a little bit hard done by. We have got to get out of that mode.

“It is still very early on in the season. There is still a lot of football to be played.”

With Jordan Spence having returned to West Ham following the expiry of his loan deal, Lewis Buxton is in the frame to fill the right-back spot after shaking off a knee injury. The full-back has made just two starts this season and has not featured since the 2-2 draw with Millwall in August. Buxton recently gashed his knee in training, a knock which required seven stitches. Liam Palmer is on stand-by should Buxton not be passed fit for selection.

Chris Maguire also travelled with the rest of the squad yesterday after shaking off his toe problem. Joe Mattock is also edging closer to full fitness.