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Dave Jones 'flattered' by West Ham job link

Dave Jones
Cardiff's Dave Jones is the longest-serving Championship boss

Dave Jones admits he is "flattered" to be linked with the potential manager's job at Premier League West Ham United.

But the Cardiff City boss insists he is "focused" on achieving Championship play-off success after qualifying for this season's end-of-season spectacle.

Jones has been linked to be Gianfranco Zola's successor as the Italian manager's future is in doubt.

Jones told BBC Sport: "In football you never say never as you just don't know what is around the corner."

West Ham are in danger of suffering relegation from the Premier League as the Hammers are just three points above the drop-zone with three games remaining.

Zola's relationship with new owners David Gold and David Sullivan, himself a Cardiff fan, have been strained since they took over at Upton Park.

And Zola criticised the timing of Sullivan's plea for all players and staff to take an end-of-season voluntary pay cut before the struggling side's crucial run in.

Jones is the Championship's longest-serving manager as he replaced Lennie Lawrence at the Bluebirds almost five years ago.

Jones' challenge to Cardiff stars

And the 53-year-old has inspired Cardiff into the play-offs on a shoestring and in a backdrop of financial uncertainty.

The experienced former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton boss has gradually moulded a Cardiff team that are realistic contenders for Premier League promotion.

And Jones has been consistently forced to sell their top players such as Roger Johnson, Aaron Ramsey, Cameron Jerome and Chris Gunter so the Welsh club can survive.

Cardiff host Sheffield Wednesday at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday having already guaranteed a play-off spot but with more distraction over Jones' future.

"You're always going to get speculation and I can't stop it," he said.

"Some people say you're good enough, some people say you're not. What will be, will be.

"If you get to the play-offs and don't get promoted then all of a sudden you're not a good manager and you need to be gone or have taken the club as far as you can.

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"Somebody will have an opinion about you but I'll just do my job. And everyone here is focused on what is going on here.

"But it is always nice to be linked with somewhere else as it means you must be doing something right."

Cardiff are bidding for their first promotion back to the top-flight for 50 years as Jones bids to return to the Premier League.

But the Bluebirds' existence is in jeopardy as the debt-ridden club have been given until 5 May by the High Court to pay an outstanding £1.9m tax bill or face being wound-up so Jones may be tempted by an offer.

But he insists: "Nobody is going anywhere at this moment in time because we have a job to do here."



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see also
Zola vows to stay as Hammers boss
29 Mar 10 |  West Ham
Zola to consider West Ham future
27 Mar 10 |  West Ham
Jones linked with Celtic vacancy
26 Mar 10 |  Celtic
Cardiff given tax bill deadline
10 Mar 10 |  Cardiff
Sullivan plea badly timed - Zola
09 Feb 10 |  West Ham
West Ham seek financial backers
05 Feb 10 |  Business
Jones dismisses row with Ridsdale
02 Mar 10 |  Cardiff
Jones says Cardiff need takeover
24 Jan 10 |  Cardiff
Hammers debt is 110m - Sullivan
19 Jan 10 |  West Ham
Gold & Sullivan take over Hammers
19 Jan 10 |  West Ham
Jones is named new Cardiff boss
25 May 05 |  Cardiff
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales


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