Nathan Jones confirmed as new Stoke City manager

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Stoke City have this afternoon confirmed Nathan Jones as their new first team manager.

The Potters agreed a compensation package with Jones’ former club Luton Town allowing Jones to take up the vacant role at the bet365 Stadium.

It is understood that Jones has signed a 3-and-a-half-year deal with The Potters.

Who is Nathan Jones?

Nathan Jones, a 45-year-old Welshman, has enjoyed great success at Luton Town where Last season he guided them to promotion from League Two. Luton Town currently sit second in the League One table.

Jones took over Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in January 2016 where they were sitting in the lower half of the League Two table. Jones won 11 of his first 21 games in charge to finish leading Luton to an 11th place finish.

During his first full season as Luton manager, Jones managed to get Luton into the play-offs and last season they went one better as they secured automatic promotion.

Jones has also had managerial roles in the Championship with Brighton, operating as assistant head coach under Oscar Garcia and also first-team coach under both Sami Hyypia and Chris Hughton. He also worked alongside Gareth Southgate during his spell in charge of the England Under-21 side.

John Coates and Peter Coates told the media:

“Nathan is an incredibly driven and passionate individual and we are delighted to have secured his services for Stoke City.

“We have been following Nathan’s career for sometime and when we met him were hugely impressed with his clear vision as to how he will achieve success at Stoke.”

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Sources: Stoke City Football Club