Jones sacked by Cardiff

Dave Jones has been sacked from his role as manager of English Championship side Cardiff City.The club announced their decision on Monday, having narrowly missed out on promotion to the top flight after a loss in the playoff semi-finals against Reading.

Jones, 54, had been in charge of the team since 2005 but the performance during the 2010/11 season was deemed unacceptable by the club’s board.

“Following an overall review and reflection on the performance of the team over the 2010/11 playing season, it has been decided to give Dave Jones notice to terminate his contract as manager of Cardiff City Football Club,” a statement from the club read.

CEO Gethin Jenkins said Jones had helped the club progress in the right direction since taking over from Englishman Lennie Lawrence.

“We would like to thank Dave Jones for his considerable efforts with the club over the past six seasons,” Jenkins said.

“He leaves his post in the knowledge that he has left the club in a far better position than when he arrived.”

“Dave’s tenure has seen Cardiff City Football Club develop from a standpoint of Championship stability through to becoming regular promotion contenders, while also having taken the team to an FA Cup Final.”

Jenkins, who will lead the search for a new manager with director Alan Whiteley, also thanked Jones for his help in developing the club’s facilities and players.

Jones has been linked to the vacant post at the relegated West Ham United, but it is believed former Bolton boss Sam Allardyce is favourite for the role.