New Luton Town boss Nathan Jones has revealed that although it was a wrench to leave his position as first team coach at Brighton & Hove Albion, he felt it was time to make his first venture into management.
Jones was appointed Hatters chief on Wednesday evening, signing a two and a half year deal, as he replaced John Still who was dismissed last month.
“I’m at a stage now that I feel I’m ready to make that next step.”Nathan Jones
Speaking to the Seagulls official website, he said: “It has been an unbelievable time since I came back and the club have really looked after me. It’s been a pleasure to work for the club and a wrench to have to make this decision, but I’m at a stage now that I feel I’m ready to make that next step.
“I always knew that Brighton was an unbelievable club, and it’s the people who make it that. We have a fantastic stadium, a fantastic training ground, but it’s the people - from the chairman right the way down to the chefs, the ground staff and the cleaners - that’s the thing I will really miss.”
Jones worked under Oscar Garcia, Sami Hyypia and Chris Hughton in his time at the Amex Stadium since returning to Brighton in 2013, as he added: “I’ve learned so much from all three managers I have worked with. I was very close to Oscar when he was here and I learned a lot from him, I got close with Sami and it was a shame with how things went, but ultimately through that journey I got to meet and work with Chris.
“I have taken so much from Chris and learned a lot by working for him. It would’ve been easy for Chris not to have trusted me as much as he has, because I had ambitions to be manager myself, but I found quickly that I wanted to work for him.
“He’s a really good man, an excellent manager and I know that the club will do well under him.”