And he admitted afterwards: ""Being captain meant more to me than anything. I am from Cardiff, and my family were chuffed because it is important to all of us that I am captain of Cardiff."
Jones understood Ledley's disappointment at losing the captaincy as the Cardiff manager felt the same stripping the player of his prized possession.
"The disappointment was me taking the captaincy off him because of the speculation and uncertainly surrounding his future," said Jones.
"I didn't think it was right to give him the captaincy when he could be gone in two weeks time - that was all explained to Joe.
"He wasn't very happy with it. But he understood the reasons and accepted them.
"But it hasn't done his performances any harm as he has just got on with it because he is a good professional and is made of good stuff.
"He could have got paid more over the last year or so but it hasn't affected him."
Ledley, who has skippered Wales in Craig Bellamy's absence recently, was named alongside fellow Cardiff player Roger Johnson in the Professional Footballers Association's Championship team of the year last season.
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