Nathan Jones admits to emotional Luton exit as he begins tenure at Stoke

News
New Stoke boss Nathan Jones revealed he cried after leaving Luton.

New Stoke boss Nathan Jones revealed he cried after leaving Luton.

The 45-year-old was named as Gary Rowett’s replacement on a three-and-a-half year deal on Wednesday.

He spent three years at Luton, winning promotion to Sky Bet League One last season, and moves to the bet365 Stadium with Stoke eight points off the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.

But he admitted it was an emotional exit from Kenilworth Road.

He said: ‘The amount of times I’ve cried from text messages from players it makes me emotional because I was married to the club.

‘It’s a calculated gamble but it’s the right step for me and the club. I think I’ve left them in the wonderful position.

‘It really wasn’t (an easy decision). I had a really good place at Luton, it was a wonderful club. We were in wonderful place.

‘When it happens you just have to put things aside and think professionally. It was a real wrench, we built something special at Luton and it would have taken something special.

‘I had opportunity to leave (before) and I never did, when this came up it was too good to turn down.

‘It became the right decision but not an easy one.’

Stoke are 14th in the Sky Bet Championship and Jones becomes their third manager in 12 months after the club sacked Rowett on Tuesday.

But the former Brighton and Yeovil defender has been given no time frame to return the Potters to the Premier League after relegation last season.

‘I’m confident, I felt this was the right fit. It was a wrench leaving Luton and at no point had I taken them as far as I could go,’ he said.

‘But I didn’t want to start again, I didn’t want to go into a place where I’d have to rip the bones out of it.

‘I don’t just want to be an attractive side, I want to be a successful side. We will get there, how quickly depends on everyone at the club.

‘The greatest pressure I will be under will be from myself. The gap is eight points, what we have to do is instil a philosophy and a culture which takes the club forward long term.

‘I don’t think there’s a timescale on it, I haven’t been told one.’

Jones will also give the squad, many who were in the Premier League last season when the manager was in League Two, a chance to buy into his philosophy.

He added: ‘I’ve seen no egos, not one ego, that goes from the hotel staff to the people at the club and especially the players.

‘The best way to bridge a gap from lower leagues to where we are now is just do good work.’

Latest

  • News

    Defender linked with Juve

    Reports in Italy claim Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is looking to sign Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian. Allegri is looking to add to his squad… var VUUKLE_EMOTE_SIZE = ""; VUUKLE_EMOTE_IFRAME = "" var EMOTE_TEXT = ["HAPPY","INDIFFERENT","AMUSED","EXCITED","ANGRY","SAD"] document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", function(event) { var commentBoxDiv = document.getElementById("vuukle-comments"); var commentBoxDivAfter = document.getElementById("glade_data"); var cloneCommentBoxDiv = commentBoxDiv.cloneNode(true); commentBoxDiv.parentNode.removeChild(commentBoxDiv); commentBoxDivAfter.parentNode.insertBefore(cloneCommentBoxDiv, commentBoxDivAfter.nextSibling); }); document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", function(event) { var emoteBoxDiv = document.getElementById("vuukle-emote"); var emoteBoxDivAfter = document.getElementById("outbrain-container-top"); var cloneEmoteBoxDiv = emoteBoxDiv.cloneNode(true); emoteBoxDiv.parentNode.removeChild(emoteBoxDiv); emoteBoxDivAfter.parentNode.insertBefore(cloneEmoteBoxDiv, emoteBoxDivAfter.nextSibling); }); var VUUKLE_CONFIG = { apiKey: "bc9fd4eb-d7be-4d00-87ef-b570563b015f", articleId: "305313", tags: "", author: "ClubCall", // Lang wordpressSync: true, eventHandler: function (e) { console.log(e); if (e.eventType == 'wpSync') { jQuery.ajax({ type: 'POST', data: { "action": "save_comment_to_db", "comment_post_ID": e.comment_post_ID, "comment_author": e.comment_author, "comment_author_email": e.comment_author_email, "comment_author_url": e.comment_author_url, "comment_content": e.comment_content, "comment_type": e.comment_type, "comment_parent": e.comment_parent, "user_id": e.user_id, "comment_author_IP": e.comment_author_IP, "comment_agent": e.comment_agent, "comment_approved": e.comment_approved, "comment_date": e.comment_date, "comment_date_gmt": e.comment_date_gmt, "comment_karma": e.comment_karma }, url: "/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php", beforeSend: function () { }, success: function (data) { } }); } }, // Articles - recommendations in emotes and comments widget recommendationsWideImages: true, recommendationsProtocol: "http", globalRecommendations: true, // Colors darkMode: false, color: "108ee9", // By Widget comments: { vuukleAuth: false, hideRecommendedArticles: false, hideCommentInputBox: false, enabled: true, commentingClosed: false, maxChars: '3000', countToLoad: '5', toxicityLimit: '80', transliteration:{ language: 'en', enabledByDefault: true, }, customText: {}, }, emotes: { enabled: true, hideRecommendedArticles: false, size: '50', // icons size firstImg: '', firstName: 'HAPPY', secondImg: '', secondName: 'INDIFFERENT', thirdImg: '', thirdName: 'AMUSED', fourthImg: '', fourthName: 'EXCITED', fifthImg: '', fifthName:'ANGRY', sixthImg: '', sixthName: 'SAD', disable: [], customText: {}, }, powerbar: { enabled: true, defaultEmote: 1, customUrls: { facebook: '', google: '', twitter: '', linkedin: '', }, customText: {}, }, }; (function () { var d = document, s = d.createElement('script'); s.async = true; s.src = 'https://cdn.vuukle.com/platform.js'; (d.head || d.body).appendChild(s); })();

    ClubCall
  • Watford boss Javi Gracia appears to have missed out on transfer target Harry Arter as he looks to be staying in Wales.
    News

    Boss to miss out on midfielder

    Watford boss Javi Gracia appears to have missed out on transfer target Harry Arter as he looks to be staying in Wales.

    ClubCall
  • Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is set to allow Tyrone Mings to leave the club on loan with West Brom ready to snap him up.
    News

    Loan move on cards for defender

    Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is set to allow Tyrone Mings to leave the club on loan with West Brom ready to snap him up.

    ClubCall
  • News

    Revealed: How Pirates’ finishing coach prepares Bucs forwards

    Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga says finishing coach Stephane Adam analyses opposition defenders and then teaches them how to exploit weak points in their game.

    ClubCall
  • Former Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia believes all the pressure will remain on Manchester City while they are still behind in the title race.
    News

    Pressure is on City in the title race, insists former Liverpool star Luis Garcia

    Former Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia believes all the pressure will remain on Manchester City while they are still behind in the title race.

    ClubCall
  • Leicester are believed to have told Claude Puel that his job is safe until the end of the season.
    News

    No Puel exert plan for Foxes

    Leicester are believed to have told Claude Puel that his job is safe until the end of the season.

    ClubCall
  • News

    Katsande explains Middendorp’s approach at Chiefs

    Kaizer Chiefs captain Willard Katsande says that coach Ernst Middendorp and his assistant Shaun Bartlett encourage players to give their opinions before a common ground is agreed upon.

    ClubCall
  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche says he is ready to give some of his players an extra week off in order to avoid further injuries.
    News

    Dyche searching for balancing act with returning players

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche says he is ready to give some of his players an extra week off in order to avoid further injuries.

    ClubCall
  • Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are still strongly in the running to challenge for the Premiership title.
    News

    Pitso refuses to write off Pirates and Chiefs in PSL title race

    Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are still strongly in the running to challenge for the Premiership title.

    ClubCall
  • Paris Saint-Germain appear to be in the box seat to do a deal for Ajax ace Frenkie De Jong as they are willing to pay him more.
    News

    PSG in box seat to land Dutch ace

    Paris Saint-Germain appear to be in the box seat to do a deal for Ajax ace Frenkie De Jong as they are willing to pay him more.

    ClubCall