Round-up: Promotion just the first step for Dave Jones and Wednesday
Monday 07 May 2012
Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has spoken of his "vision" for the club following their promotion to the Championship after a 2-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
Goals from on-loan pair Michail Antonio and Nile Ranger, struck either side of the interval, made sure of the win and second spot in League One. Jones was understandably delighted. "I arrived 12 matches ago and my remit from the chairman was promotion. Anything else would've been a failure," he said. "Knowing the chairman, next season will not just be about survival.
"The potential here is unbelievable," added Jones. "I've had many chats with the chairman, he has a vision and it's up to me to draw up a plan."
Jones would now like his team to emulate the performances of other recently promoted clubs. "It's going to take a lot of hard work," he said. "Southampton and Norwich have been building for a number of years and I've just started but we will see.
"Not many managers can say we've won promotion and not lost a game. It's only 12 games but I will take that."
Meanwhile, the Crawley Town caretaker manager, Craig Brewster, lavished his players with praise after their 1-0 victory at Accrington Stanley on Saturday secured them the final League Two automatic promotion place.
Scott Neilson proved the match-winner, scoring with a low drive in the 67th minute to send Crawley up along with champions Swindon and Shrewsbury. "I'm absolutely delighted for the club," Brewster enthused of his side, who have claimed their second promotion in consecutive campaigns.
"For a club like Crawley Town, back-to-back promotions is an amazing achievement. The fans came in numbers and backed us to the hilt."
Brewster was particularly impressed by his players' tenacity. "You've seen the real determination from all the players," he said. "The players put on a performance that was really dogged and it's a nice feeling."
Richard O'Kelly revealed he is undecided about his immediate future after his Hereford team were relegated from the Football League despite claiming a 3-2 victory over promotion hopefuls Torquay.
O'Kelly was brought in two months ago in an effort to avoid relegation, a feat he failed to achieve after Barnet's victory at Burton.
"I am disappointed and will have to go away and think about it," reflected the Hereford manager. "Like everyone else around here my emotions are running around my body and I can't even think about the future.
"I need to go away and sit down and talk to the chairman and see how I feel about it in a day or so.
"At the moment I couldn't make a decision on what I am going to do. I couldn't tell you if I was going to cross the road or not, but I want to be successful and that is what it is all about."
UPS AND DOWNS
Championship: Reading are promoted as champions with Southampton runners-up.
Play-off semi-final second legs: Today: West Ham (2) v Cardiff (0),
Wed: Birmingham (0) v Blackpool (1).
Portsmouth, Coventry City and Doncaster Rovers have been relegated.
League One: Charlton Athletic are promoted as champions, with Sheffield Wednesday promoted in second.
Play-off semi-final first legs:
Fri: Stevenage v Sheffield United, Sat: MK Dons v Huddersfield.
Rochdale, Exeter City, Chesterfield and Wycombe Wanderers are relegated.
League Two: Swindon Town win promotion as champions while Shrewsbury and Crawley Town join them in going up.
Play-off semi-final first legs: Sat: Crewe v Southend;
Sun: Cheltenham Town v Torquay.
Macclesfield Town and Hereford United are relegated.
Blue Square Premier: Fleetwood Town are promoted as champions. Hayes, Darlington, Bath City and Kettering are relegated.
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