Former Wolves boss Dave Jones has revealed his regret that he didn’t get the financial backing to finish the job at Molineux.

Jones, looking for a job after his exit from Cardiff City in May, admits he still wonders just what he could have achieved with the club.

The 55-year-old took Wolves to the big time for the first time in 20 years in 2003 but was starved of funds to rebuild and tumbled back down immediately.

Despite that, however, Jones insists that he looks back on his four years at Wolves with genuine affection.

“It was fantastic times,” he said. “I was the first manager to get them to the Premier League.

“Everybody else had tried, ex-England managers and all sorts. My criteria was to get them promoted in three years and I did it in two.

“The sad thing for me was that they then didn’t push on and give me the money to add to that. Now the new chairman has come in (Steve Morgan) and Mick (McCarthy) has had that luxury of going out and spending £5m or £6m on players.”

Jones left Cardiff, whom he had led to their highest league placing in 38 years, in controversial circumstances following their play-off defeat to Reading, but is now keen to get back into football.

“Like everybody else, I’ve got to see who loses their job before I can get a job. That’s the sad part of football really,” he says.

Jones sees many similarities in the jobs he did at Wolves and Cardiff after both had fallen on hard times.

“They were of a similar ilk,” he explained.

“The trouble at Cardiff was that I took the club as far as I possibly could on loans and frees.

“Unfortunately, because of the debt the club had, I just couldn’t get over that final hurdle,” he added.