Jones' warning to festive flops

29 December 2009 11:30
Cardiff City boss Dave Jones has warned his festive flops they could be sold in the January transfer window as he targets Premier League promotion.Jones meets Bluebirds chairman Peter Ridsdale this week to discuss finances and potential recruits to replace under-performing players. [LNB]Cardiff lost to bottom club Plymouth before letting a 4-0 lead slip at lowly Peterborough in Monday's 4-4 draw. [LNB]Jones said: "One or two, if we can do it, we'll change them." [LNB]The Cardiff City boss had already targeted a new midfield recruit after Riccardo Scimeca was forced to retire and while Stephen McPhail's cancer treatment keeps him on the sidelines. [LNB]Peter Whittingham (thigh) and Joe Ledley (hip) have had injury problems although both players scored as Cardiff stormed to a 4-0 half-time lead on Monday.[LNB] Players switched off and didn't do what they were told to do. Players went from a dominant position to thinking that the game was done and dusted. Cardiff City boss Dave Jones However, the second-half performance left Jones so angry he was in no mood to even enquire about the injury that led to striker Jay Bothroyd being helped off in the 77th minute. [LNB]Asked in the immediate aftermath of the game as to Bothroyd's condition Jones replied: "Don't know. [LNB]"I haven't spoken to him, don't want to speak to him, don't want to speak to any of them at the moment. [LNB]"I haven't asked him and don't want to ask him because he's one of those players who decided to do it his way and his way isn't good enough. [LNB]"I've said my piece at full time. They know where they stand. They know where I stand and it's hard to swallow at this moment so I just need to be away from them for a day. [LNB]"I'll think about what to say to them when we all get back in and go through the video. [LNB]"But it's certainly a horror show for the second 45 minutes, going from such a comfortable lead. [LNB]"But when you think you've seen it all, you haven't and that's sometimes the beauty of this game. [LNB]"Players switched off and didn't do what they were told to do. Players went from a dominant position to thinking that the game was done and dusted. [LNB]"Far too many of our players didn't work hard enough. We allowed Peterborough back into the game when they were dead and buried." [LNB]Cardiff still remain fourth in the Championship but they have slipped to eight points behind the automatic promotion places and Jones has openly stated the exit door is beckoning for some of his players when the transfer window opens on Friday. [LNB]He said: "I don't know what I've got to spend. I'll sit down with the chairman and see what's there.[LNB] Cardiff on occasion seem to fold like a pack of cards - and at other times play top drawer football Mabonjack2010 "We need to get players in because the players, in the second half, didn't do what we expected of them. [LNB]"So if we can change it, then change it because the mentality in the dressing room at the moment was maybe they thought "two bottom teams is going to be easy" and nothing's easy at this level and I've said that many times before. [LNB]"But maybe one or two of them just decided that they think it's a bit easy and one or two, if we can do it, we'll change them." [LNB]The club hopes to raise £3m from season ticket sales for next season ahead of 31 December, boosting the funds available to Jones. [LNB]But the Welsh club are not flush with cash and recently had a winding-up order from the taxman dismissed at the High Court and also settled a £15m debt with the Langston Corporation. [LNB]But Jones is expected to use the money from the season ticket sales to reignite his failed transfer targets of the summer. [LNB]Hull striker Daniel Cousin was linked with a move to Cardiff while Ipswich's Republic of Ireland midfielder Owen Garvan is another apparent Bluebirds target as Jones is keen to reinforce his frontline and midfield.

Source: BBC_Sport