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Manager Dave Jones commits his future to Cardiff City

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones
Dave Jones has already been linked with a move away from Cardiff

Dave Jones has committed his future to Cardiff City after meeting with the club's new Malaysian owners on Monday.

The future of the Bluebirds boss, the Championship's longest-serving manager, had been in doubt after Cardiff missed out on promotion to the Premier League.

Jones has been linked to big vacant managerial jobs as his side were beaten by Blackpool in the play-off final.

And former Cardiff boss Lennie Lawrence said: "Dave is going to be the target of two or three clubs obviously."

The Bluebirds remain in the Championship next season after missing out on top-flight promotion in Saturday's 3-2 Championship play-off final defeat to Blackpool.

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers, Southampton and Stockport boss Jones has already been linked with the vacant jobs at Premier League side West Ham United and Scottish Premier League giants Celtic.

But Lawrence, who Jones succeeded in the Cardiff hotseat in 2005, insists the Welsh club must have stability in their on-the-field squad with the off-the-field uncertainty.


"It is vital Dave Jones stays at the club and news that he is good for Cardiff," Lawrence told BBC Sport.

"Dave Jones staying is a huge positive step. Dave has had difficult times, especially off the pitch, on occasions but he has kept that away from the players and there has been steady progress."

Jones' future was in question due to uncertainty surrounding the direction of the club under the new regime headed by new chairman Dato Chan Tien Ghee.

But after a meeting with the board, Cardiff fans were reassured of Jones' future in a club statement.

"During these meetings Dave reiterated his ongoing commitment to the club and the club to him," read the statement.

"Dave also presented proposals to club representatives which were accepted by all.

"As a result dealings will now take place with the aim of producing a squad that will see Cardiff City Football Club again challenge for promotion next season."

But outgoing chairman Peter Ridsdale, who hands over control to the Malaysian consortium - headed by Chan - on Thursday, urged the new board to keep hold of Jones.

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