Dave Jones has vowed to fight for his Hillsborough future as Sheffield Wednesday face a week which could define their season.
Pressure is mounting on manager Jones to halt a shocking run in the Championship of just two wins from 17 games – including six successive defeats – which has seen the Owls plummet into the relegation zone.
With back-to-back games against fellow strugglers Bristol City and Barnsley in the next seven days, Jones is desperate not to tarnish his impressive CV with the stain of relegation.
“I don’t want to lose my job, of course I don’t,” said Jones. “But if it happens, it won’t be for the want of trying. That’s never been in question.
“I haven’t become a bad manager overnight. Do I believe in my ability? Yes, I do. Do I believe I can shake these up to get out? Yes, I do.
“But along the way you need a little help as well. That comes from within, that’s all of us. We win together. The problem in football, if you win it’s the players, if you lose it’s the manager.
“What will be, will be. All of a sudden I am a bad manager? My record says it’s very rare I am in this position. Because I am in this position do I become a bad manager?
“Everyone will always have an opinion. My record is there to be shot at. I believe in my ability, it doesn’t just disappear. What you also have to remember, it just isn’t me, we are all in this together.
“Changing the person at the top can have an effect sometimes, short term, but if there is other underlying problems then whoever comes in has problems as well.
“I am in a results-based business and at the moment we are not getting the results.”
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