Jones in for the long haul

Last updated : 17 April 2007 By Michael Morris
"I'm in for the long haul at Cardiff City. I've committed to this football club as have other people and I hope that people will stick with us and be patient.

"I've spoken with the chairman and we intend to build, to use youth and take this club to be where everybody wants it to be.

"I will get the formula right. At the moment we have the nucleus of a very young, up-and-coming squad that should hopefully stand this club in good stead for many years to come.

"This club is growing now and we don't have to sell to survive like we did in the last two seasons."

Jopnes is facing a mid table finish this season after it looked good for a play off place at least.

Now Jones faces a summer of reshaping the squad for another attempt next season. Several first teamers are under threat as Jones prepares to cull his squad.

"We have a group that needs to be built on and there are players that need to go, it'll be a busy summer," he said.

"We've two on loan who'll go next year (Kerrea Gilbert and Simon Walton).

"We'll probably go down to about 12 players which will be a good nucleus. We need to get better in some areas, youngsters must learn fast or get out.

"You don't need to be a rocket scientist to know which areas need strengthening," said Jones.

"We're just not scoring enough goals and we're making too many mistakes at the back.

"We've got to plan for next season, but I can't do what Roy Keane has done and buy players for £2m or £3m.

"I'll just go out and do what I did last summer, which is pick up people like Michael Chopra.

Jones's comments took a direct swipe at Steve Thompson. The Scot has scored just 6 goals this season. It's not good enough.

"Steve has to do better. He has to score goals.

'Six goals for the season is not a good return for a centre-forward.

'Michael Chopra had not scored in seven games before Stoke City and when that happens the other striker has to score.

'That hasn't been happening.'

Jones is certain to lose Neil Alexander after contract talks failed. The keeper is out of contract at the end of the season.