Former Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones is in talks with Championship side Stoke City over their managerial vacancy. The Luton Town boss has been confirmed by both clubs as having been given permission to hold talks, after they sacked Gary Rowett, after only half a season in charge, following their relegation from the Premier League.
Rowett had taken the Potteries side to 14th in the table and eight points off the play-offs, but defeat to Bristol City on New Year's Day followed by a stuttering performance in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury Town has provoked the Stoke board to act. Thy've turned to Jones, who has just gone through his third anniversary at Kenilworth Road. At present he has not left the Hatters, but Luton have stated that they've given him permission to hold talks - usually a sign that a compensation figure has been agreed between the two clubs, and that conversations will now move on to Jones's personal terms and his available playing budget if he were to take the job.
Luton had only this week celebrated Nathan's third anniversary in charge, in what could end up being his epitaph. Having achieved promotion from League Two last season, he's now taken the Hatters to second place in League One, pointing to the possibility of a double promotion for his current club. Given he took over a club that were in 18th place in League Two three years ago, that's been a rapid rise for Luton, following several years of struggle.
On the back of that anniversary, Luton published several statistics relating to his management. His win ratio stands at 51.1 percent in Football League matches which is the best in the club's history, beating managers that include former Glovers manager Alec Stock. Their points per game ratio stands at 1.82 points per game, which is also a club record for a manager.
Overall he's been in charge for 139 league games, winning 71 of them. They've also reached the FA Cup Third Round on three consecutive occasions, and reached the EFL Trophy Semi-Final. He's also received three League Two Manager of the Month Awards, and is currently up for the December 2018 League One Manager Of The Month Award.
We'd expect any talks with Stoke City to be concluded in the next 24-48 hours, given the need for Jones to know whose dugout he will be sat in on Saturday.
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