Betting suspended on Seagulls coach to become Luton Town boss

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Brighton & Hove Albion first team coach Nathan Jones is now the clear favourite for the Luton Town job after betting was suspended this morning.

The 42-year-old, who is highly rated by the Championship side after joining as assistant head coach to Oscar Garcia in July 2013, saw his odds tumble to 1/10 with league sponsors Sky Bet, while Bet Victor aren’t taking any more bets.

Jones became first-team coach at the Amex when Sami Hyypia took over and then interim manager for two games after Hyppia left, leading them to a draw with Reading and victory at Fulham.

Following Chris Hughton’s appointment as manager, he reverted to assistant manager and then became first team coach this summer.

Jones also has previous experience at Yeovil Town where he was assistant for three years, and before that as the U21 coach at Charlton.

The Welshman has been at Kenilworth Road earlier in his career as his first pro club was Luton, with the Hatters signing him from Welsh non-league outfit Merthyr Tydfil for £10,000 in 1995.

However, he left without making a first team appearance, having spells at Spanish clubs Numancia and CD Badajoz before returning to England to play for Southend, Exeter, Scarborough, Brighton and then Yeovil.

Luton have been without a permanent manager since John Still was dismissed last month.