I Never Feared Sack after That Charlton Thrashing

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Byline: By Steve Tucker Western Mail

Cardiff city manager Dave Jones said he never feared the sack following his side's 3-0 thumping at Charlton a fortnight ago.

Breaking his long silence ahead of today's crunch clash with Ipswich at Ninian Park, Jones revealed he received private backing from chairman Peter Ridsdale straight after the final whistle at The Valley.

It took three days for Ridsdale and the City board to announce publicly they were backing the under-fire Jones, leading to intense speculation that the manager was on his way out of Ninian Park.

But Jones said he knew all along his job was safe.

"I spoke to Peter immediately after the Charlton game and he backed me. He wasn't happy, but then no one was," said Jones.

"I spoke to him on the Sunday as well and the Monday. I believe everyone is 100 per cent behind me, all the board members I spoke to are.

"Perhaps the news was released to you lot three days later, so maybe you were a bit upset that you got it three days later. But I got the news straight after the match.

"I was pleased the board came out and backed me, whether that be after one day, three days or seven days.

"I would not say it was a relief, but it was a nice feeling to have. The board backed me, the chairman backed me, the players have backed me, and in polls in newspapers and on the radio more people backed me than didn't. It shows maybe I am doing something right."

Jones has faced mounting criticism from all quarters, including the media, after more than a year of poor results.

But he said it had not bothered him for a very simple reason.

"I don't read it," stated Jones. "When you start to read people's opinions of you which are not nice, well, why should you get involved in that?

"Nobody wants to read anything bad about themselves, but in football bad news seems to be good news all the time.

"You have to stay strong, the players have to stay strong and I have to stay strong for them.

"The only way to end all this speculation is to start winning football matches and to start climbing the table. The players have a responsibility to do that, as we all do."

Despite the boardroom show of support, Jones is under intense pressure to pick up points today and from Monday night's trip to Leicester.

Ridsdale has hinted failure to do that may stretch even his patience to breaking point, but Jones sees things differently.

"This week and last week we have been focused on getting a positive result against Ipswich," said Jones.

"When people talk about a couple of games I am not quite sure that is actually what has been said.

"They want to see results change, if that means after a couple of games, well, you are going to have to ask the chairman about that."

And Jones went on the offensive when asked if had ever just felt like walking away from Cardiff City, adding, "You don't really know me. …