Former Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones was confirmed as the new manager of Championship side Stoke City earlier today. He has been given a three-and-a-half year contract as a successor to Gary Rowett, cutting ties with League One side Luton Town in the process. Jones has been a UEFA Pro Licence holder since June 2014, meaning that he would be qualified to take charge of a Premier League side if he can lead them back to the level they lost last summer.
Following his appointment as boss, Jones has said that he regards what he tries to do inside football clubs as a 'lifestyle' rather than a job, and it looks as though Stoke's reputation as long-ball merchants over the years could be changing in the near future:
"We'll try to play in a certain way which I will work religiously on. This is not just a job for me, this is a lifestyle. Once we get our philosophy implemented, and we get working with the players, we aim to get the best out of them. This is a wonderful club and I feel very proud that the owners have identified the work that myself and my team have been doing. It has been a whirlwind from start to finish, I am delighted to have it done, but the process has been very manic. I have to say that this was the toughest decision of my life, it really was - I know that is a cliché at times when managers move clubs, but it really was for me. The environment was special there (at Luton Town), I had excellent relationships with key people, my relationship with the supporters was outstanding and I also had a group of players who dedicated every part of their life to performing well for the club. All of those key aspects combined enhanced both my reputation and that of Luton Town, so it was a very tough decision to make. I believe I am an appointment for the long-term here, I want to win games and I want to instil a culture and a philosophy that people are going to really get behind and be proud of."
As yet Luton Town haven't revealed who will act as their Caretaker Manager, nor if Jones plans to take any of his backroom staff with him. His assistant manager this season had been former Yeovil Town manager Steve Rutter and at present he appears to still be at Kenilworth Road.
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