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Former Cardiff boss talks of regrets during six-year spell

Last Updated: 04/09/11 3:13pm

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Dave Jones regrets the prickly relationship he had with the media during his time at Cardiff City.

"If you're talking about regrets then yes, maybe I should have repaired that rapport with them, but sometimes you get stubborn as well."
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The former Bluebirds manager, who left the Welsh club in the summer, had a number of run-ins with local reporters during his six years in charge and refused to speak to Media Wales journalists for much of his tenure.

Speaking on Goals on Sunday he revealed the cause of their disagreements, but accepted he should have done more to improve his rapport with Cardiff's football writers.

Jones said: "Where did it originally come from? They character assassinated Stephen McPhail in a game against Swansea and continued to do that.

"I wasn't happy with that and actually spoke to one of the reporters and asked him why - and because they are supporters as well as reporters it's very difficult to give an unbiased opinion. There's a boy who's fighting cancer and I wasn't happy with the character assassination.

"It didn't matter about me because you get that all the time, but somewhere along the line we lost touch with each other and as long as I kept getting results it was always going to be about results.

"But when one of them says his ambition is to get me out of my job then why should I speak to them?

"I never had a problem with any of the nationals and I should have been bigger and probably repaired some of the damage, but once it's done it's very hard to go back. It does upset you when things are said and I don't think they went about it in the right way.

"If you're talking about regrets then yes, maybe I should have repaired that rapport with them, but sometimes you get stubborn as well."

Falling short

Jones also admitted he regretted his failure to earn Cardiff promotion to the Premier League.

He nurtured a number of promising footballers during his six years in charge, but after falling short in the promotion race - they missed out in the play-offs in each of the last two seasons - many of those players were sold.

And while Jones is proud of what he achieved under those circumstances, he remains frustrated that they couldn't make it to the next level.

"You always have regrets in football," he said.

"Mine's not being able to go that one step and give them what everybody wanted, which was the Premier League.

"You can look for many excuses, you can look for the reasons why it didn't happen and I'm pretty comfortable with the time I had.

"I had six good years, I was the fourth longest serving [manager in English football], which is crazy because six years isn't a great deal of time - certainly for what Cardiff wanted to do.

"We were always servicing debt. If they'd kept the players we brought through - Roger Johnson, Cameron Jerome Aaron Ramsey and all these players - there were so fantastic players, but each year we had to sell.

"I knew the circumstances I was going into at Cardiff, that they were always going to have to sell to survive. But you sell your best players and for some reason you should be better the next season?

"To be fair, with the help of some fantastic staff, we did a really good job there and I'm very proud of what I achieved.

"My only regret is I couldn't take them that one step. People have asked me: 'Why didn't it happen?' I've looked at every reason and every excuse and we just fell short.

"We just weren't good enough to achieve it."

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