New dad Jones reflects on 'whirlwind' return to Luton

Town chief became a father for the first time this week

By Mike Simmonds
Friday, 5th June 2020, 10:27 am
Hatters boss Nathan Jones
Hatters boss Nathan Jones

Hatters boss Nathan Jones admitted his first seven days back at Kenilworth Road have been something of a ‘whirlwind’.

The Luton chief was officially unveiled by Gary Sweet for his second spell in charge last Thursday, the day he also turned 47.

He was straight back into training, before then becoming a father for the first time on Wednesday when wife Laurie gave birth to a baby girl.

Jones then returned to the Brache yesterday to link up with the players once more, and speaking to the club's official website he said: “It’s typical really, last year, when we made the move (to Stoke), we were getting married and buying a house, so we don't do things by halves.

“This has been a bit difficult with the timing of the baby, but when we knew we were coming back we wanted to do it very committed.

“We have good people around us, so it has been a whirlwind, but it's amazing, as my wife and family are really strong people and they need to be.

“If you're going to be involved in football or sport you need a backbone and I've got a great backbone to be fair.

“I was very proud of them the other day, she did something amazing, but she does that regularly for me, so it has been a whirlwind, but you rely on people to help you in these times.

“I’ve got a good support network and that enables me to fully commit to this job as it's a job I love.”

On becoming a dad for the first time, Jones continued: “It feels amazing, I was told about it, but until you experience it, it's something you can’t really put into words.

"It's the most amazing feeling, I'm very proud, very proud of my wife, it's been a long time coming for me, so I'm delighted.

"I had a call late on Monday night, travelled back up, and then we had a day in labour on Tuesday and she finally came really the early hours on Wednesday morning.”

The new Town boss also confirmed he will be looking to move back down south again in the near future and base himself as close to the Hatters as possible to avoid wasted hours on the motorway.

He added: "We love it down here in terms of the area and where we live and where we were before, so we’re looking to do that, because it's very difficult to commute from where we are.

"At the minute, I’m staying down five nights a week and going back for two, so I don't want to be away from my family and I want to be really close as we do long hours, we work long hours.

"So basically the time I spend in the car is wasted time that I could be working.

"I've always lived within a 10-15 minutes proximity of where I've worked and that won't change.”