Jones ready to work closely with Harford

Mick Harford with Gary Sweet and David Wilkinson
Mick Harford with Gary Sweet and David Wilkinson

Hatters boss Nathan Jones is relishing the chance to work closely with Mick Harford after the former Luton striker was appointed as the club’s new chief recruitment officer this week.

The 56-year-old, who has previously managed, coached and played for Town during his career, will now be responsible for setting up a scouting network and recommending players to Jones.

“He’s a real good worker, he knows players, he knows Luton Town as well, so knows what we’re looking for.”

Nathan Jones

On the decision to bring Harford back to the club, Jones said: “It’s not just what he’s done for the club, it’s what he can do now for the club is what we’ve brought him in for.

“I know he’s a club legend and not only that but a legend of football, but it’s what Mick brings to use now that’s the important thing.

“He’s a real good worker, he knows players, he knows Luton Town as well, so knows what we’re looking for.

“I had a relationship with Mick before I came here, before Mick came here. He was at Millwall, me and Mick spoke quite often, I know Mick, it’s a good appointment we feel, again in the ethos of what we’re trying to do to take us forward.

“Mick’s going to be part of that, and we’re delighted to have him on board.”

Jones also confirmed it would be who has final say on whatever players are brought into the club though, as he continued: “Yes, the manager picks the side, the manager will pick the players, but me and Mick work closely together so we won’t be far out, we won’t be go too far wrong on who we bring in.

“Mick knows me, I’ll get very, very close to Mick, I’ll get even closer to him in the coming weeks and months and hopefully years.

“Then we’ll move forward together and whatever players we bring in will be for the good of Luton Town. He thinks like me anyway does Mick, he sees the same kind of stuff, has the same work ethic so anyone who comes in will have to fit all those bills.”

Jones confirmed he was still looking to make further additions to his backroom staff, but they were taking time as he makes sure he gets the right personnel.

The boss added: “It’s taking slightly longer than we would have liked, we would have liked them in at the minute, but we want to get the right ones and we’ve been patient because we believe that they’re the right people.

“A lot of people have wanted to come in, it shows what a good environment we have and what a good club it is that people want to work for the club.

“I’ve told the board the people I’d like to bring in and we’re not far off.”