Doncaster Rovers: No regrets, says stand-in boss Rob Jones

Rob Jones has no regrets about stepping in as boss for a second time
Rob Jones has no regrets about stepping in as boss for a second time

Rob Jones said he had no regrets about taking on the interim manager’s role after signing off on Saturday night - and backed Darren Ferguson to lift Doncaster Rovers out of the doldrums.

Jones, whose spell in charge produced one win from seven games, was interviewed for the job last week but missed out to Ferguson.

“I’ve got no regrets whatsoever,” said Jones.

“The club asked me to do it and that’s twice I’ve done it now, and both times I’ve enjoyed it massively.

“But now it’s time for a new era, an exciting era, an era where the manager is very capable of taking this club to where it wants to go.

“He’s been here before in this league, he’s got teams out of this league and plays good, attractive football.

“He knows exactly what he’s doing and everyone at the football club is one hundred per cent behind him.

“I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly, I’ve gained an awful lot of experience.

“I can take away from it an awful lot of positives.

“This is the longest tenure I’ve been at a club in my whole career. I love it here. I have a passion for the club and I want the club to do well.

“I’m one hundred per cent behind Darren Ferguson and Gavin Strachan. Whatever they want me to do I will do.

“I only want the best for the football club and it’s now my aim to get as many under 21s players through into the first team group as possible and for me to get back on that football pitch.”

Reflecting on his final game in interim charge, Jones said: “We can’t keep giving teams goals.

“We had 89 minutes to get back in to it and had lots of possession, and possession in their half, but the final ball let us down – to have two shots on target at home isn’t good enough.

“It’s always a shock when you start so slowly.

“It’s a group that grows in games at this moment in time.

“We’ve shown that in the last three home games, we’ve started slowly and then got going and finished really positively.

“But, like I keep saying, you cannot keep giving goals away.

“We’ve been caught foul of that many time not just over the last six weeks but over the whole of this season.”