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JONES IS THE MAN FOR US - DATO; Malaysian money men want Dave to stay on at the Bluebirds' helm.

Byline: Chris Wathan

BACKING THE BOSS: Dato Chan DATO CHAN TIEN GHEE has insisted the future can still be bright for the Bluebirds after their Wembley heartache at the hands of Blackpool - and immediately threw his support behind boss Dave Jones.

Cardiff's chairman-elect moved quickly to dispel fears the Malaysian consortium he fronts will not follow through with their investment after Premier League dreams were wrecked in a pulsating 3-2 play-off final defeat to the Tangerines.

Dato Chan - who attended the game with business partner, multi-millionaire entrepreneur Vincent Tan - is still expected to rubber stamp his investment at an EGM of the club's shareholders this week.

And he insisted steps will be taken to make sure Cardiff continue with their top-flight ambition, confirming manager Jones will be very much part of the plans.

Speaking after the defeat, Dato Chan responded to questions of his continued commitment by saying: "The moment I stepped into this club I've been committed.

"We've struggled so hard to get where we are so this was still a great day. It was not as great as we wanted it to be because the result went against us.

"But for me there were two winners because we have done so well just to get here with all the financial struggles we have had - and believe me they were hard.

"Nobody wants to be in this position of losing but we will do everything necessary to get to the Premier League.

"A new season is coming up and we can see where we have gone wrong."

And when asked if Jones will still be at the helm to oversee that, Dato Chan simply said: "Yes, of course."

Jones himself, while bitterly disappointed at the result, reiterated his own commitment to the club.

After seeing his side twice take the lead through Michael Chopra and Joe Ledley only for Blackpool to storm back, Jones said: "I hope I'm still Cardiff City manager at the start of next season.

"I've not been told anything different by the board.

"Everything we have spoken about has always been about the future.

"I'm going over to Malaysia to help plan our pre-season tour and you don't do things like that if they don't want you.

"I'm going to see them tomorrow and everything is fine as far as I'm concerned.

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Date:May 23, 2010
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