JJB loses links to the Jones family as Sir David’s son quits

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THE JONES family ties with high street retailer JJB Sports have come to an end, as it emerged yesterday Stuart Jones has quit his post as marketing manager.

Jones’ father, former JJB chairman Sir David Jones, stepped down from his role as non-executive director on 28 July due to ill health. Stuart is understood to have followed just days later.

Insiders suggested yesterday that Jones junior had been sacked, after a management shake-up at the firm in the wake of Sir David’s departure.

However, a company spokesman insisted he had resigned. “I’m sure he will have a fruitful career in whatever he does next,” he added.

Jones junior has worked for several family businesses including consultancy firm Retail Gateway, where he courted controversy in 2008 after being asked to write a six-month review of JJB’s online business. His father had been appointed as a non-executive director at the sports firm just months earlier, while his mother worked as company secretary for the consultancy. Keith Jones (no relation) was hired by JJB as chief executive in March, to try and stem heavy losses at the high street retailer.