John Hendrie: Brave decision to let Gary Jones leave Bradford City

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Gary Jones has been a credit to his profession Gary Jones has been a credit to his profession

On Parade – with John Hendrie

There is no time to be sentimental in football. Once you start to look back, you will go backwards.

Look at what Fergie used to do at Man United. As soon as he won another Premier League, it would be time to move on – shut that particular door and open the next one.

Players would move on and others come on. Nothing would stay the same.

It is similar now for City after Phil Parkinson decided to release Gary Jones.

Jones has been brilliant; a great ambassador to the club on and off the pitch. He’s been a credit to his family, his profession and everything else.

But you’ve got to look ahead and that’s what Phil is doing by letting him go.

Is it ruthless? No, but it is brave. He’s got to stand up as the gaffer and make strong decisions.

It all comes down to the budget. Someone like Chelsea, with the money from Roman Abramovich, can keep all their senior players on but it’s very different at clubs like City.

That’s why some of these guys have had to go. It’s purely for financial reasons.

Phil has got to weigh up the package and if he wants to kick on next year with fresh legs, he’s got to save the money somewhere else.

So the likes of Garry Thompson, Gary Jones and Matthew Bates have to make way. It was the same with Andy Gray.

That money you save can now be put towards fresher, younger players with hopefully something to prove.

As I always say, give me a hungry player any day. I like it when they are coming in to prove a point and have to work for their contract.

When I was at Bradford, there were a lot of predominantly young lads with points to prove. We had Greg Abbott, Stuart McCall, Don Goodman, Martin Singleton and myself who all wanted the opportunity to show what we could do.

If Phil can get the same sort of atmosphere in the camp where money’s not your God, then it will help.

You can only play 11 at one time. If you’ve got a squad of 20 on a high salary with low bonus incentives, then you’ve got a problem, particularly in the bottom divisions.

I think it’s more beneficial when people are on a lesser salary but with higher incentives such as appearance money and promotion and top-six bonuses. That’s prudent ownership of the club.

Phil’s got to work to his budget. It’s like a big piece of cake and you have to slice it up for potential new players coming in and loan signings – and I dare say there’s a good chance we’ll have some of them from Premier League clubs.

He’s got to work it out accordingly because his neck is on the line. If the manager messes up, he’s the one out of a job.

Gary Jones will leave a massive hole to fill. I dare say that’s been the best two years of his career.

But now it’s time for other players to step up to the mark. They’ve got to take on that added responsibility and become that talisman.

Who’s going to be captain now? Maybe that’s another challenge for Phil to throw down in pre-season.

Has somebody got the bravado to take on that mantle? That’s got to be another powerful incentive as the next stage begins.

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10:48am Tue 20 May 14

lawsonio123 says...

Oh JOHN I wish we had the bunch of young players you have just named but new ones will emerge Take
Oh JOHN I wish we had the bunch of young players you have just named but new ones will emerge Take lawsonio123
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2:29pm Tue 20 May 14

Bantam mitch says...

you couldn't wait to leave the club Jon
you couldn't wait to leave the club Jon Bantam mitch
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2:30pm Tue 20 May 14

Bantam mitch says...

*john
*john Bantam mitch
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9:22pm Tue 20 May 14

Hove edge bantam says...

Bantam mitch wrote:
you couldn't wait to leave the club Jon
Well said bantam Mitch I was beginning to think I was the only one who thought this. You will get slated on here for saying it tho.John Hendrie was a fantastic winger in his time rescued from obscurity at Coventry The day he pulled on a white shirt ruined my memories of him flying down the wing crossing for Bobby a true City man to nod it home
[quote][p][bold]Bantam mitch[/bold] wrote: you couldn't wait to leave the club Jon[/p][/quote]Well said bantam Mitch I was beginning to think I was the only one who thought this. You will get slated on here for saying it tho.John Hendrie was a fantastic winger in his time rescued from obscurity at Coventry The day he pulled on a white shirt ruined my memories of him flying down the wing crossing for Bobby a true City man to nod it home Hove edge bantam
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11:03pm Tue 20 May 14

pokertee says...

gary jones was on peanuts. it would have cost nothing to keep him one more year. the fact is to be honest that hes getting slower and not up to 1st division football. dont get me wrong hes a star and i love him to death. I would have liked to keep him as a super look after the score sub. good luck jones in your future but hendrie dont say its about the money cos it cant be.
gary jones was on peanuts. it would have cost nothing to keep him one more year. the fact is to be honest that hes getting slower and not up to 1st division football. dont get me wrong hes a star and i love him to death. I would have liked to keep him as a super look after the score sub. good luck jones in your future but hendrie dont say its about the money cos it cant be. pokertee
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11:13pm Tue 20 May 14

pokertee says...

Bantam mitch wrote:
you couldn't wait to leave the club Jon
bit of an idiot fan thing to say when he took the best deal as wells did and so have other players. he was a star when he was at city and thats all you should remember. Stars like jones will be remembered for a long time and im sure he will. not like jimmy spiers but a star as in Wayne jacobs who put his whole life into city but was not a beast of a suarez type player. Lets all wait and see because its down to Parky and in him we should trust. Its all about the money money money joking.
[quote][p][bold]Bantam mitch[/bold] wrote: you couldn't wait to leave the club Jon[/p][/quote]bit of an idiot fan thing to say when he took the best deal as wells did and so have other players. he was a star when he was at city and thats all you should remember. Stars like jones will be remembered for a long time and im sure he will. not like jimmy spiers but a star as in Wayne jacobs who put his whole life into city but was not a beast of a suarez type player. Lets all wait and see because its down to Parky and in him we should trust. Its all about the money money money joking. pokertee
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11:15pm Tue 20 May 14

pokertee says...

Hove edge bantam wrote:
Bantam mitch wrote:
you couldn't wait to leave the club Jon
Well said bantam Mitch I was beginning to think I was the only one who thought this. You will get slated on here for saying it tho.John Hendrie was a fantastic winger in his time rescued from obscurity at Coventry The day he pulled on a white shirt ruined my memories of him flying down the wing crossing for Bobby a true City man to nod it home
and you would not go to a club offering you 5 times your wage? get a life
[quote][p][bold]Hove edge bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantam mitch[/bold] wrote: you couldn't wait to leave the club Jon[/p][/quote]Well said bantam Mitch I was beginning to think I was the only one who thought this. You will get slated on here for saying it tho.John Hendrie was a fantastic winger in his time rescued from obscurity at Coventry The day he pulled on a white shirt ruined my memories of him flying down the wing crossing for Bobby a true City man to nod it home[/p][/quote]and you would not go to a club offering you 5 times your wage? get a life pokertee
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10:32am Wed 21 May 14

Hove edge bantam says...

pokertee wrote:
Hove edge bantam wrote:
Bantam mitch wrote:
you couldn't wait to leave the club Jon
Well said bantam Mitch I was beginning to think I was the only one who thought this. You will get slated on here for saying it tho.John Hendrie was a fantastic winger in his time rescued from obscurity at Coventry The day he pulled on a white shirt ruined my memories of him flying down the wing crossing for Bobby a true City man to nod it home
and you would not go to a club offering you 5 times your wage? get a life
Any man would would take a job offering a salary 5 times what he is on now
But did Beeston FC really pay him 5 times his salary at Newcastle ????
[quote][p][bold]pokertee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hove edge bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantam mitch[/bold] wrote: you couldn't wait to leave the club Jon[/p][/quote]Well said bantam Mitch I was beginning to think I was the only one who thought this. You will get slated on here for saying it tho.John Hendrie was a fantastic winger in his time rescued from obscurity at Coventry The day he pulled on a white shirt ruined my memories of him flying down the wing crossing for Bobby a true City man to nod it home[/p][/quote]and you would not go to a club offering you 5 times your wage? get a life[/p][/quote]Any man would would take a job offering a salary 5 times what he is on now But did Beeston FC really pay him 5 times his salary at Newcastle ???? Hove edge bantam
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