Jones not ruling out additions after evaluating Hatters squad

Hatters boss Nathan Jones
Hatters boss Nathan Jones
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Luton Town manager Nathan Jones will have no hesitation in asking the board for funds during the transfer window, but only once he has fully evaluated the squad at his disposal.

Jones took over a Hatters side currently languishing 15th in the League Two table after making a host of big name signings in the summer.

“If we need some help, I’m sure that the board and Gary will help us.”

Nathan Jones

Although keen to first work with and improve what is already available to him, Jones will have his eye on new additions too.

He said: “We’ve got a good squad here and we’re going to try and get the best out of that squad.

“If we need some help, I’m sure that the board and Gary (Sweet) will help us, but I’m not a kind of a guy to say ‘he’s not doing it, get someone else in.’

“I like to work with people, I like to inspire people, I want people to feed off my enthusiasm and desire and passion to work, that’s what I want to do.

“And then some people may surprise some people and ultimately that’s what coaching is about.

Speaking to BBC Three Counties earlier this week, chief executive Gary Sweet reiterated Jones’ desire to work with the squad, but confirmed they could dip into the market if required.

He said: “Nathan in all honestly, doesn’t feel that he needs funds.

“He knows the squad, the squad is under performing at the moment, the squad know they are under performing at the moment,

“What we should do is not judge the players on the last few games or how they’ve performed necessarily this season, we’ve got to judge them under Nathan Jones.

“Nathan’s very confident about a good group of the players and about improving their performance levels.

“So that’s not to say that we won’t be making any moves in the transfer market but I think Nathan wants to do a good review of the players right now and the squad right now.”

Jones took his first training session on Friday morning and was impressed with the quality at his service.

The former Brighton first team coach worked with both Craig Mackail-Smith and Paddy McCourt while with the Seagulls last season, and found plenty of other familiar faces too.

He continued: “It was an excellent session, I knew they were a good group, they were fantastic this morning, they came in with a real desire to do well.

“I had to hold them back at times, but they’ve set their standard now, so we’re looking to keep that standard.

“I’ve worked with a few before, the likes of lads who were at Brighton, Mackail-Smith, Paddy McCourt, also Danny Green at Charlton.

“I played against people like Benno (Paul Benson), Luke Guttridge, all these players, (Scott) Cuthbert. I know them, know what characters we’ve got here, know what players we’ve got here, and I’m looking forward to it.

“I want to evaluate the squad quickly, what we have, what I can go forward with. It was a very good morning, if we can continue in that vein, it will be an enjoyable time for sure.”

Jones also confirmed that any players who weren’t under consideration under previous boss John Still will be given a clean slate to impress.

He added: “Of course, and I want that, I want a hunger and desire amongst our squad to do well.

“I want our squad to be hungry and want to win games, I want them work hard and enjoy working hard.

“I feel that they improve day in day out and if they do that, I’m sure Luton Town will move forward as that’s all I believe in.”