Rob Jones has confirmed that he has applied for the vacant manager’s job at Doncaster Rovers.
The 35-year-old had refused to officially confirm or deny his interest in the position after taking temporary charge following Paul Dickov’s exit earlier this month.
But he told reporters at his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s game at Sheffield United that he would be applying.
“I’ve applied,” said Jones.
“I want this job. It’s as simple as that.
“I know we’ve had two weeks of ‘is he, is he not?’ but I have applied for the job.
“I’m loving what I’m doing and I want to continue in that vein.
“You don’t work for seven years and then get an opportunity to manage a club like this and then not grab with it both hands. That’s what I’m trying to do.
“I’ve been in the job two weeks now and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
“I love the fact that I’m in charge and I’m the one who has to move us forward and I’m the one who has to make decisions.
“This is what I want to do.
“I’ve been given an opportunity and I’m in a very privileged position.
“I’ll never forget that and it’s up to me now to move it forward.”
Jones also said that he felt like the transition of going from a player to interim boss at Doncaster had been a very smooth one.
“I’ve spent seven years getting ready to do this,” he said.
“I feel comfortable in the environment that I’m in. I’ve always led from the front so nothing’s changed in that respect.
“I’ve never been a laughy, jovial type of player in the group.
“I’ve always been a little bit distant so there’s no real change from two weeks ago when I was a player to now as the interim manager.”