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Cardiff City chairman Peter Ridsdale backs Dave Jones

Cardiff City chairman Peter Ridsdale
Ridsdale has been Cardiff chairman since replacing Sam Hammam in 2006

Peter Ridsdale has reassured Cardiff City boss Dave Jones his job is safe as the Bluebirds failed to beat the Championship's bottom two clubs.

The Cardiff chairman has answered 'vitriolic' dissenters even though his club are fourth in the league and the Championship's second top-scorers.

"I don't believe in knee-jerk reactions," said Ridsdale.

"It makes me shake my head when people think the solution is firing people after a couple of poor results."

Cardiff lost 1-0 at home to bottom club Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day before amazingly surrendering a four-goal half-time lead to draw 4-4 at Peterborough United.

The Bluebirds - who have beaten promotion rivals Preston North End, West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough this month - are still realistic play-off contenders as they bid to end 48 years of playing outside of English football's top-flight.

Yet despite their lofty position, Ridsdale feels it is necessary to post a statement on Cardiff's official website which some supporters may consider to be the dreaded vote of confidence to Jones.

Cardiff City boss Dave Jones
Dave Jones has been a fundamental part of the process that we have made. He has been our manager for the last four-and-a-half years and remains so

Cardiff City chairman Peter Ridsdale

"At the start of the season we set ourselves a target of finishing in the top six of the Championship," read Ridsdale's statement.

"This remains our target and our current position gives us cause to be optimistic that this can be delivered.

"Dave Jones has been a fundamental part of the process that we have made. He has been our manager for the last four-and-a-half years and remains so.

"He understands our aspirations and with his management team and players, he is committed to deliver.

"I understand only too well the emotional disappointment of poor results and the second-half capitulation at Peterborough this week is an experience that I never want to go through again.

"The best response from everyone at this club, players and supporters like, is to stick together and remain clear as to our objectives for the season as a whole."

Jones is the Championship's longest-serving manager and despite selling top players such as Aaron Ramsey, Roger Johnson, Cameron Jerome, Chris Gunter and Glenn Loovens, he has made Cardiff a force in the Championship.

He guided the Bluebirds, who were in the bottom division 10 years ago, to the 2008 FA Cup final - losing 1-0 to Portsmouth at Wembley - and missed out on a play-off place on goal difference on the final day of last season.

Ridsdale believes in "stability in football" so despite his club flopping over the festive period, Jones' job is safe.

"I find it surprising that if you win three games, I get no e-mails or telephone calls," Ridsdale told BBC Sport.


"Then we have 45 minutes of outstanding football and 45 minutes that was unacceptable, my email inbox goes into meltdown with people being nasty and vicious and calling for heads to roll.

"It is halfway through the season and time to reflect and put things in context.

"I don't care if people think the statement is a vote of confidence, it is a statement of where we are.

"We are halfway through the season and fourth in the league. Cardiff City haven't got a fantastic recent history of being top six in the Championship and we would have given a lot to be where we are a few short years ago.

"We have made made tremendous progress.

"I understand how emotional it is and I share the fans' disappointment but I am bewildered by their personal vitriol and the desire for change which, in my experience, can hurt a club even more."

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