Dave Jones could be riding off with The Coca-Cola Championship Manager of the Month award for October - on horseback!
The Cardiff City manager earned the award after guiding the Bluebirds to three wins and two draws to keep the Welsh club in the thick of the promotion race.
Jones insists it's hard to switch off from his demanding role at the club, but revealed he has a novel way of taking a well-earned break - horse riding.
Jones, 52, stables three horses at his farm in the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan, and gets out as often as possible with his three daughters, Georgia, Chloe and Danielle.
One of his horses was formerly owned by Ian Holloway, the ex-Leicester City manager.
Jones said: "It's a nice way to relax. It can be mucky and cold but I thoroughly enjoy it. There's some stunning scenery and I find it an ideal way to unwind.
"I wouldn't say I'm much of a horseman but I enjoy hacking around and my daughters are always on hand to pass on bits of advice. I must admit, though, my mobile's always on because you can never fully switch off from the day job."
Has Jones ever conducted any crucial transfer business from the back of his trusty steed?
He said: "Not yet! But there's a first time for everything, so you never know!"
Jones has enjoyed three-and-a-half years in charge at Ninian Park. The highlight came in May when he led the club to the FA Cup Final, where they were beaten 1-0 by Portsmouth.
He edged out Derby's Paul Jewell, Alex McLeish of Birmingham and Simon Davey (Barnsley) to land the award.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers, Southampton and Stockport County boss is a firm believer in managers being given time to make their mark in a football world where clubs often demand instant success.
He added: "There seems to be a school of thought that says change is for the best. That's not always the case as far as I'm concerned.
"It's been proven time and again that the clubs who show a bit of patience in their managers are the ones who reap the rewards.
"You only have to look at Derby and Paul Jewell. Now he's been given a bit of breathing space to get things how he wants them they're showing what they can do."
Jones knows he will have to add another couple of Manager of the Month awards to his growing collection if Cardiff are to remain in the promotion hunt!
He went on: "It's always nice to be recognised for your achievements. I'm the frontman collecting the award, but there's been a lot of hard work from a dedicated team that's gone into winning this.
"Consistency is the key. Strikers are the ones who get you out of this division. Nothing's decided yet, and it won't be for a long time because it's so close."
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