Jones confident about future as he prepares to step down at Pats
» CRAIG Jones will be part of the team looking for a replacement in his role at Old Patesians.
Jones announced last month he would be taking a break from rugby and stepping down as head coach at the end of the season.
Old Pats have struggled in their return to South West Premier, winning just three times, but Jones believes they would be nearer the top of the league if they had any luck with injuries.
He said: “Last season we had a very good season. We always knew that we would have to keep our main squad fit and available this season in order to compete.
“I still stand by it. If that had have happened, I believe we would be middle/near the top of the league.
“Our injury and unavailability list at the moment stands at 29 players. “It’s not just 20 odd players – it’s longterm injuries.
“Did we expect to win just three games at this stage of the season? Of course not.
“But did we think it would be difficult? Yes, of course.”
Jones revealed the club is in talks with a number of people over the vacant role.
When asked what was the future for the club after he steps down, Jones replied: “That’s the big question everyone wants to know.
“The club is in discussion with a number of people at the moment about who is going to take over.
“I openly said to the chairman that I’d like to be involved with any negotiations over a new manager.
“The person who takes over needs to be the right person. We need someone who is going to be here for the long-run, it can’t be someone who is going to leave the club after the season.
“We need someone who understands the culture of the club. Someone who comes in and wants to build a future, the next generation and he needs to be very positive.
“The club is looking very healthy and with the players coming back at the end of the season, I’m pretty sure we’ll be there or thereabouts ready to bounce back next season.”