FORMER Swindon Town midfielder Tom Jones revealed he almost left the club after one season due to handing in a transfer request following a fall out with manager Lou Macari.

Jones had been signed by Macari at the beginning of the 1988-89 campaign, and went on to play over 200 games across four season after making his Town debut against Watford on October 1, 1988 – a game Jones scored in as well.

But during the first half of the play-off semi-final second leg against Crystal Palace in May ‘89, Jones picked up what would later be diagnosed as a torn cartilage in his knee after going into a block tackle.

Speaking on the latest episode of the Swindon Town Official Supports Club’s On the Sofa With event, Jones revealed how he felt let down by Macari after the Town boss forced him to stay on during the 2-0 defeat.

Jones said: “I had said to Lou Macari at half-time that I needed to come off – he told me to go out and give it five minutes, but then we made two subs because Steve Foley was struggling with his ankle, and Tim Parkin got a poke in the eye so he couldn’t see.

“I have to say I didn’t take too kindly to it at the time, and I didn’t like the fact we lost as well.

“I ended up putting a transfer request in because I just felt I’d played every minute of every game, and when I asked to come off I wasn’t allowed to do it.”

But just as it appeared the Aldershot-born midfielder’s time at the County Ground might be cut short, a change in manager prompted a change in mindset for Jones with Ossie Ardiles replacing Macari.

The technical midfielder said he rushed to the Argentine soon after Ardiles arrived to explain his situation and hopefully retain his place in Swindon’s squad going forward.

Jones continued: “I waited in the summer, and after Lou had decided to move on, I went to see Ossie Ardiles.

“I told him I didn’t want to leave the club, I like the club, it was done as a reaction, and I’d like to withdraw the transfer request and stay at Swindon.

“I got through pre-season, I missed the first two games and then Ossie decided to give up playing because he put himself on at Oldham and gave two goals away when we were 2-0 up!

“He said to me: “Tom, I’m not ever playing again, and you’ll be starting on Saturday.” I never looked back.”