Hatters boss confident he has the experience needed

Luton Town boss Nathan Jones
Luton Town boss Nathan Jones
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New Luton Town manager Nathan Jones insists he possesses the right experience to take the club forward.

The Brighton & Hove Albion first team coach was appointed to his first managerial role last week, when named as John Still’s replacement.

“I think I’m experienced, I think I have enough experience in managerial decisions to take this step.” ”

Nathan Jones

Although possessing an extensive background in coaching, this will be Jones’ maiden opportunity as a number one, but he backed himself to cope with the demands, saying: “There’s lots of experience you can get.

“You can go into a club as a manager and get that kind of experience, I’ve had a lot of good experiences, worked with a lot of good people.

“Now just because you’re a manager, it doesn’t mean you’re going to make the right decisions, doesn’t mean you’re going to have good experiences, whereas I’ve had those.

“I’ve been at fantastic clubs; at Yeovil I had to make a lot of decisions, me and Terry Skiverton at the time, we were young, ambitious, a bit naive, but we got by.

“Then Brighton I learnt from a lot of good managers, good people – people who were experienced, like Chris Hughton.

“So I think I’m experienced, I think I have enough experience in managerial decisions to take this step.”

Jones has been assistant manager at Yeovil, U21s coach at Charlton and held a number of roles at Brighton, including first team coach, assistant and even had a two-game spell as caretaker.

He believes that will stand him in good stead as Luton boss too, continuing: “I think I’ve had a good education since I’ve gone into the coaching set-up.

“When I was at Yeovil I was player-assistant manager, we were doing so many jobs there because of the size of the club and what we had to do.

“It was a really good grounding for three-and-a-half years, then I decided to further my career and test my own philosophy in a development structure with Charlton.

“We had a fantastic year, but that really honed my managerial ambitions when taking my own group.

“Then the time at Brighton, I worked under three fantastic managers in their own right, three different philosophies, three different cultures and I learnt quite a lot.”