After Cardiff City’s exit against Reading in the semi-finals of the Championship play-offs, Dave Jones has been sacked as manager. Jones spent six years at Cardiff, leading them to the 2010 play-off final where they were defeated by Blackpool. The Liverpudlian has paid the ultimate sacrifice for his side’s inability to get over the final hurdle and get promotion to the Premiership.
An official statement was issued on the Cardiff City website by CEO Gethin Jenkins on behalf of the Chairman and executive board at the Cardiff City stadium. Jenkins said: ‘We would like to thank Dave Jones for his considerable efforts with the Club over the past six seasons. He leaves his post in the knowledge that he has left the Club in a far better position than when he arrived.’ When Jones arrived in South Wales, he revitalised the Cardiff side and turned them into a top six side in the Championship on a regular basis and also steered the club to the final of the FA Cup in 2008, where they were beaten by winners Portsmouth.
The statement went on to say: ‘His efforts in the recruitment and development of players also meant that the sale of these players at times enabled the Club to survive. He has also had a significant contribution in the development of training facilities and the stadium during his Cardiff City career. We thank him for all that he has done and achieved with the Club and wish him well for the future.’
CEO Jenkins and club director Alan Whiteley will now begin the search for a new manager at Cardiff City, which will be recommended to the board who will make the final decision.