Jones ready to make next step after taking Hatters job

New Luton Town boss Nathan Jones
New Luton Town boss Nathan Jones

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.”