Jones determined to be his own man at Luton

Hatters boss Nathan Jones
Hatters boss Nathan Jones

Hatters boss Nathan Jones is determined to be his own man during his time in charge at Kenilworth Road.

The 42-year-old was appointed to the first managerial role of his career when named Luton chief after a background in coaching at the likes of Yeovil, Charlton and Brighton.

The Town manager confirmed he will use those experiences gained at his former clubs, but do things in his own style, saying: “I think you glean information and ideas and experience from a lot of people.

“I’ve worked with a lot of good managers, started here (Luton) under people like David Pleat, I worked with Colin Addison who was a good manager, Micky Adams who instilled a work ethic and certain things into his style of play.

“Steve Coppell was outstanding, Russell Slade, who was a good man manager, I learnt a lot from all these people and then when I got into coaching, I’ve been at clubs with people like Chris Powell, a very, very good manager.

“Then (at Brighton) three different philosophies, three different cultures, three different ways of playing, Oscar Garcia, Sami Hyppia, Chris Hughton, who’s highly respected and a very, very experienced manager.

“I’ve learned from a lot of people, now that’s not to say I’m going to follow anyone of these paths and not going to make any promises and be naive to come here and say we’re going to do anything.

“What I’m going to say is yes, I have a way of playing, I’ve learnt a lot from my career, I hope to implement that here and one thing we will not fall down on is a lack of effort.”

Jones confirmed there is plenty about his previous club Brighton that he would like to see taken on board by the Hatters, as he continued: “I have way of playing, when I was at Brighton that got honed a little bit more, in how we did stuff, they had a philosophy and a way of playing and a culture at Brighton.

“I hope to bring something similar here in terms of the culture and the environment, how they train, how they look after themselves, how they think, how they work every day.

“And that’s a club that we’re looking to aspire to, a lot has been said about a style of football, but I want to win football matches, that’s the be all and end all.

“But along they way, I hope we can develop and improve and I put out a team on Kenilworth Road that the fans of Luton are going to be proud of.”

Jones also reiterated his desire to see Luton’s youth players be given the chance to progress more so than in recent years, as long as they show the hunger required to make it.

He added: “With the youth team doing so well, they won the league and doing well in the Youth Cup as well, hopefully it’s a future and little by little, we’ll implement certain stuff.

“There’ll be a pathway for the youth players if they’re good enough and want to play for Luton Town, want to buy in to what we’re trying to do , then they’ll get opportunities as well, I’m a believer in that, but also a believer in I need to win football matches, which is something I’m going to try to do.”