Jones and McCarthy look ahead to live TV game

Last updated : 01 November 2008 By Michael Morris

"This has all the ingredients to be a big fixture with the clubs in their present positions," said Dave Jones.

"We want to pull them a bit closer to us and I expect they look at it as an opportunity to move away from ourselves and other clubs.

"What you need in this division is to go on a consistent run, that will get you to the top and then it's a case of trying to stay there for the duration.

"We need to keep our run, confidence and belief going.

"It was not so long ago when we lost (to Swansea City in the Carling Cup) and holy hell erupted.

"Every club can beat each other. Look at Forest last week, we were fortunate to beat them and a couple of days later they went to Crystal Palace and won 2-1."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is very complimentary of his old mate Dave Jones.

"I don't know if Dave ever got the credit he deserved (at Wolves). I guess you do at the time. He's a good manager- everywhere he's been he's done a good job, so I'm not going to patronise him about the job he's done. He's proven. He's a terrific guy as well.

"The moment it goes wrong, you get blamed, because if you don't get any money to do it, you can't do it. Ask me, ask Dave, or ask Billy Davies - there's a few of us about. I'd have enjoyed it even more if I had £30million, £40million or £50million to spend.

"I might still be at Sunderland. This is no dig at Roy Keane at all, because there are issues there and good luck to him, he's done well with them and has a good side.

"You can't do it without the dosh to spend, although Hull seem to be doing well and I'm delighted for them."

McCarthy continued "Dave's quality. He's a quality bloke, a good mate and a football pal. We've never worked together but we're really good pals and I'm sure we'll be having a cup of tea together before the game and a chat - as we always do.

"He's done a great job. Considering they seem to have gone from one thing to another with the financial constraints and moving stadiums, it's difficult to keep that going.

"But he kept most of his best players. We were after Roger Johnson in the summer but he said 'no way' and kept him.

"He lost two of his younger ones - Aaron Ramsey and Chris Gunter - and he let others go such as Cameron Jerome and Michael Chopra.

"That happens at every club. The key is keeping the club successful while you're doing that. He has that happy knack of taking experienced players such as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and getting the best out of them for 12 months."