Shinnie: It's been a seamless return for Hatters boss Jones

Luton midfielder believes squad will flourish under former manager
Luton midfielder Andrew Shinnie in actionLuton midfielder Andrew Shinnie in action
Luton midfielder Andrew Shinnie in action

The return of Luton chief Nathan Jones has been a relatively seamless transition for the club according to midfielder Andrew Shinnie.

The 30-year-old Scotsman was originally signed by Jones during his first spell in charge of the Hatters, first on loan in June 2017 and then permanently the following season, a campaign that saw the manager then controversially move to Stoke City in January 2019.

However, he returned last month to replace Graeme Jones. who had his contract terminated by mutual consent in April, as speaking to Talksport about how things have been, Shinnie said: “It was a bit of a surprise when it happened, but it’s been brilliant.

“A lot of the boys at the club know Nathan well from his time before and they’re all used to his methods and him as a manager, so it’s been pretty seamless really.

“He’s been his normal self and the newer lads who haven’t experienced him will get to know him quite well and I think will like him.

“He’s a very good manager and we’re just looking to pick up from where we were when he left.”

With the season getting underway on June 20, then Jones finds himself arriving with Town in the middle of a battle to avoid relegation straight back into League One.

Shinnie knows it’s all about getting as many victories possible from their remaining nine games to try and prevent that.

He added: “We’re pretty much in full training now, small-sided games, possessions, that competitive edge, because the provisional date of starting is in a couple of weeks times.

“We’re going to be straight back into it and there’s not much time to take it easy, we’ve got to get into the hard training as quick as we can and be ready for that first game.

“We were in quite good form when the break came, so it wasn’t a great time for that, but form goes out of the window now.

“It’s basically like the start of the season again now with the time we’ve had off.

“We’ve trained hard, everyone’s done their programmes away from the training ground and now we feel if we can hit the ground running.

“We’ve got nine games left in the season to try and get as many wins as we can and try and stay in the division, so that’s our sole aim right now.”