Jones rejoins Luton

29 May 2020 00:17:39 GMTPlus10

Nathan Jones has been reappointed as manager of Luton Town and says he is eager to rebuild his relationship with the Hatters' supporters.

Jones enjoyed a hugely successful first spell at Kenilworth Road, leading the club to promotion from League Two at the end of the 2017-18 season.

However, with the Hatters in second place in the League One table, the Welsh coach left to manage Stoke City in January 2019, a role from which he was dismissed in November.

Club legend Mick Harford took charge of Luton for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign, overseeing their promotion to the Championship before rookie manager Graeme Jones replaced him last summer.

However, following a number of player departures, the Hatters have struggled to compete in the tougher surroundings of the second tier.

They currently sit 23rd in the Championship table, six points adrift of safety with nine games to play, and also boast the worst goal-difference record in the division.

Despite picking up 11 points from his last six matches in charge, Graeme Jones left the club by mutual consent last month and has been replaced by his returning namesake.

Speaking to BBC Three Counties Radio, the new manager expressed regret at the nature of his departure but is looking to the future.

"I went against everything they had [Luton supporters] given me," he said.

"I love the club and I wholeheartedly regret how those events came about because I could have handled that so much better.

"I had a fantastic relationship with the fans - I betrayed that. But I had to earn that, let's not forget, because I wasn't embraced immediately and that's exactly what I intend to do again."

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