Question of me replacing Dickov at Doncaster is for other people – Jones

Rob Jones, right, is acting as caretaker manager after Paul Dickov was sacked by Doncaster Rovers.

Rob Jones, right, is acting as caretaker manager after Paul Dickov was sacked by Doncaster Rovers.

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Rob Jones has refused to reveal whether he would like to succeed sacked Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov on a permanent basis.

The veteran Rovers defender has stepped in as caretaker-manager after Dickov was axed earlier this week.

But ahead of tomorrow’s League One trip to Walsall, Jones refused to divulge his plans for the future. Rovers are hoping to draw up a managerial shortlist inside the next 10 days.

Asked whether he would be interested in the job on a permanent basis, Jones replied: “That question is for other people. I am not interested in answering that question.

“I am here to do what I am told to do; nothing more, nothing less. I am not going into detail about what I want, what I don’t want. I am here preparing a team for the weekend. I just need to be me, do it my way to the best of my ability.

“The players know what is needed of them, we all sat down this morning and spoke together.

“What I expect, what I want, and what I don’t want,” added the 35-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday centre-half, who has been working with Rovers’ Under-21s for the last 12 months.

“It’s always disappointing as a player when a manager departs, but football goes on.”

Richie Wellens is back training with Rovers – after a transfer deal to a north-west club collapsed last week – and Jones has challenged the midfielder to prove he is committed to Doncaster.

“Richie (Wellens) played for the Under-21s this week and has rejoined the first-team training,” said Jones.

“His fitness is not where it was before he went away. He has come back into the fold, trained really well, but Richie has to sort a few things out first.

“He has to show me that he wants to be here, he wants to play for this football club, and he wants to be a positive influence in and around this football club.”

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