Toolstation Western League
Published 7th July 2011
....Western League club's season.
The Silver Street boss believes his number two will be able to provide the ideas that will give his side an edge over the competition in the Western Premier Division during the coming campaign.
Jones said: "Andy is so knowledgeable and he has better coaching skills than me and I believe we have to change how we approach the team.
"I have got so much respect for his ideas that I believe he will have a big impact. We haven't got the money to spend like other teams so we need to set ourselves up a bit better.
"Sometimes I like to sit back and let the team get on with it. But because we haven't got any natural leaders on the pitch Andy and I will need to help them from the sidelines a bit more. We need different ideas against certain teams and Andy will bring that."
Rovers returned to pre-season training on Thursday night and Jones was delighted to see more than fifty players attend, including the under-18s and reserve sides.
The manager signed up a dozen players for next term, including the likes of Rob Norrish, Dean Stamp, James Ansell and Danny Jee plus full-back Aiden Way, who has joined from Topsham Town.
Defender Ben Mammola, a target for rivals Tiverton Town and several other clubs, and goalkeeper Brian Cann did not attend the session due to work commitments.
Jones said: "I have a smile as big as my head – and that's big.
"I spoke to the group about my plans for the season and then I got the lads together and told them I wanted them all to stay and didn't want to mess about, so they signed there and then."
Another player Jones has high hopes for is Budleigh Salterton forward Khaled Badavi, who has joined Rovers on trial.
The manager has vowed to give the striker a prominent role in the pre-season friendlies he has arranged and is looking forward to seeing him in action.
Jones said: "He's raw but there's something about him I like – he could be the new Joey Hawes.
"He's too nice and too polite at the moment, but I will get rid of that."