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Cardiff boss Dave Jones backs chairman's criticism

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Venue: Cardiff City Stadium Date: Saturday, 5 December Kick-off: 1500 GMT
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Cardiff City manager Dave Jones
Jones' Cardiff have come under fire from home supporters

Cardiff manager Dave Jones says chairman Peter Ridsdale is free to criticise any of the club's staff.

Ridsdale told a fans' forum this week that he felt midfielder Joe Ledley was "playing like he is somewhere else already".

Wales international Ledley has been locked in a stalemate with the club over a new contract with his current one running out in the summer.

"The chairman can say what he wants," Jones told BBC Sport Wales.

"I would be very surprised if any player at this football club hasn't been playing well and a fan on the terraces hasn't said something.

"But as soon as someone in the club said it, it shouldn't be said and whatever.

"We are all big boys in here. If someone says something about them then do something about it.

"If they are saying they are not playing well, then go and play well and stop people saying that."

Ledley has seemingly been made a scapegoat for Cardiff's poor form as the once Championship leaders have dropped out of the play-off zone.

Interview: Cardiff boss Dave Jones

It follows three successive defeats in a win-less November - which culminated in a 2-1 loss to struggling Ipswich Town last Sunday.

The 22-year-old has claimed his form is being hampered by a hip injury and Jones said the injury is similar to the one former defender Roger Johnson suffered.

But he added: "If Joe is at the stage where he felt he couldn't play then we would do the right thing.

"At the moment, we are not at that stage."

Jones is instead focused on halting a run of a draw and three straight defeats at home to Preston North End that has seen them slip from second to eighth in the Championship.

"We know we've got to get back to winning ways," he added.

"We know we've got to work hard on what we're not doing that what we were doing that was getting us results.

"We all want it rosy and nice and clean, but it doesn't always happen."

Meanwhile Cardiff have confirmed they have suspended club secretary Jason Turner.

The club say the matter is being ''dealt with internally'' and they will make no further comment.



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see also
Cardiff 1-0 Preston
05 Dec 09 |  Championship
Hudson backs under-fire Ledley
02 Dec 09 |  Cardiff
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03 Oct 11 |  Wales


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