The Tears of a Clown

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Always believe in Rob Jones?

There seems to be a lot of divided views on whether our erstwhile captain has ‘lowered’ himself in moving to newly promoted Scunthorpe United in the Championship. Elsewhere I’ve seen a little harsh condemnation of Hibs hero Pat Stanton’s assertion that Jones has not bettered himself by moving to the east of England club, “I see Hibs as a big club. I know money talks but is Rob really moving up?”

I’m sure it’s a fact that Jones will be earning a lot more money at his new club. That sort of thing, whilst unpalatable has become a fact of life when comparing Scottish football with it’s counterpart down south, but let’s leave that (very important factor) behind for a second.

imageCommanding presence: Rob Jones

I’m actually in agreement with Pat. This move is about money primarily in my view. Jones will be testing himself out against some strong football clubs in the coming season but ultimately I don’t believe it will do great things for his career. With the greatest respect to Scunthorpe, and notwithstanding their fine success last season, this area of England is a football backwater and likely to remain one, in the main.

Whilst I perfectly understand a new realism about professional Scottish football’s place in the scheme of things financially, I find some of these aspect of the ‘Scottish Cringe’ hard to take. Whilst ever this attitude abounds there will never be pride returning to Scottish football, just a morose acceptance of ‘second-best’ to the more moneyed neighbours down south.

The player himself has done a fine job at Easter Road. His no-nonsense approach has helped Hibs in many a back-to-the-wall battle. At 6′ 7” Jones is never going to be a silky playmaker from the back but what he does, he does exceedingly well. Some fans point to his slight penchant for wandering out of position at times and that has been a fair criticism in my view of a generally very dependable and inspirational defender. As a captain I was never convinced of his innocence in the John Collins affair – when a majority of the Hibs first team squad descended on CEO Rod Petrie’s home to complain about the former Hibs manager’s methods. I do feel he could have shown more diplomacy and leadership off the field than he did in those times.

I’ll say here and now that I feel Jones could have done far better than he has here. Maybe the likes of other, superior long-term suitors weren’t offering the same salary up front. Maybe a club not too far from where I’m sitting now even…

July 12, 2009 - Posted by | Ripping Yarns | , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Good entry ! Have booked my Easter Road tour with Colin and his kids for August – will do a review of it 🙂

    Comment by Miss Edinburgh | July 12, 2009

  2. Hello again Alison! I think you’ll all really enjoy the tour I managed to take a rash of photographs and really I could have spent so much more time in there, there’s quite a bit to see. This is in spite of the much of the area of the (relatively) new stand not being used inside. Take your camaera! Billy the tour host is a top guy too.

    A few words about the tour here on Mass Hibsteria (online): http://www.masshibsteria.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12480

    Comment by Stuart | July 12, 2009

  3. I have been behind the scenes before (Colin got married there !) but loking forward to it – glad you give it the thimbs up and my trusty camera will be with me. Going 2 days before the new season and this year got my season ticket – c’mon the Hibs 😉

    Comment by Miss Edinburgh | July 12, 2009

  4. There’s no doubt the big man will be missed – even if as you say he went missing all by himself sometimes! Still, I feel the club have done well to get a decent wedge of cash for him before his contract runs down when there has been speculation about his future for some time. He was always going to go and Hibs can’t afford to knock back half a million for a player of his relatively modest talents.

    Not the greatest leader we’ve ever had on or off the park, but a decent guy by all accounts and fair play to him.

    Comment by Fraser | July 13, 2009

  5. Yes, I don’t think I’d argue against the club’s business acumen in getting a reasonable fee for the player at this stage, Fraser. The reports I hear claim £350,00 but I’m not sure how accurate that is. No argument with the player moving on either. It seems that the prospect of Scunthorpe Utd came out of left field and surprised many – including me. I imagined he’d wind up at a more established and larger club. The way Jones describes it, ‘I just went down there and it felt right’ makes it sound a little like a quick decision. He’s obviously vulnerable to the charms of South Humberside! 🙂

    Comment by Stuart | July 13, 2009

  6. God knows why that is Stu! It’s not one of England’s hidden countryside treasures, that’s for sure!

    Perhaps this explains it all: http://www.flickr.com/photos/36098898@N08/3329245561/ Great little essay in the caption.

    Comment by Fraser | July 14, 2009

  7. He will not be earning much more money, we have the financial structure of a low league 1 team. It will just be that the english game is alot better than yours (no offence). There is more chance to be recognised here.

    Comment by Scunny fan | September 17, 2009


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