SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Dave Jones has an unlikely ally in Sir Alex Ferguson as he continues his war against social networking phenomenon Twitter.
In the wake of Rio Ferdinand’s £45,000 FA fine for responding to a tweet describing Ashley Cole as a “choc ice”, Ferguson admitted he doesn’t understand Twitter and that his players have been discouraged from tweeting about Manchester United.
Jones admits he would ban his players from Twitter if he could and he might yet try to after two instances in as many weeks.
Jay Bothroyd got into a row with fans after the 2-1 defeat to Bolton and labelled some fans “thick”.
On Tuesday, injured defender Reda Johnson took to Twitter to suggest he would be out of action for two months.
That sensitive information has clearly upset Jones who has enough on his hands.
Jones said curtly: “He isn’t the specialist. He’s taken it (the tweet) down now and rightly so, it isn’t his place to put that information out.”
The Owls boss added: “I don’t know why he did it, he should know better. It’s the scourge of modern football.”
Twitter has had a worldwide impact on sport and news.
Last year users were averaging 200 million tweets a day.
It is a instant source of information, tied in with smart-phone integration. This week sport fans witnessed another ‘twitter first’ with QPR chairman Tony Fernandes tweeting manager Mark Hughes the dreaded ‘vote of confidence.’
“QPR fans don’t worry,” he wrote. “We have a great manager. There are many out there who are clueless. Mark will sort it out...”