Captain Gary Jones has Rochdale future - John Coleman

Rochdale captain Gary Jones

Rochdale manager John Coleman has said Gary Jones is still a big part of his plans, despite dropping his captain from the starting line-up on Saturday.

The 34-year-old did not feature in the squad that beat Exeter 3-2 at Spotland.

Coleman told BBC Radio Manchester: "We picked a team that we thought could win and changed our formation slightly.

"That's no slight on Gary, he's been a fantastic player for Rochdale and I'm sure he'll be a fantastic player for at least another couple of years."

Midfielder Jones is the club's all-time appearance record holder.

The victory over Exeter preserved Rochdale's League One status for the time being, although they need to win their remaining three matches to stand any chance of avoiding the drop.

Coleman's side trailed 2-0 but scored three times in the final 20 minutes to secure three points.

"The lads probably played with a lot of freedom in the last 20 minutes because it was now or never," said the former Accrington boss.

"We can take that into next week's game [at Chesterfield], which becomes another massive game against another team that's down there."

Top Stories