Nathan Jones: Southampton allowed talks with Luton Town boss after sacking Ralph Hasenhuttl


Nathan Jones’ Luton are eighth in the Championship

Southampton have been given the go-ahead to talk about Luton Town boss Nathan Jones after sacking Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Southampton have won just one of their last nine games and are in the relegation zone of the Premier League.

Luton will give the club the chance to speak to Jones after their Championship game at Stoke City on Tuesday.

“We want to say that the Premier League club have approached the board in the right way, which we appreciate, and that the whole situation is very amicable with Southampton and Nathan,” said the eighth-placed Hatters. In the championship table.

“We would also like to ask all supporters traveling to Stoke to show him and the team your support on what we hope will be another memorable day.”

Former Brighton and Yeovil player Jones is in his second season as Luton manager, taking the club from League Two to the League between 2016-19 in his first three-year tenure.

In 2019, with Luton on course for promotion to the Championship, he replaced Gary Rowett as Stoke boss, but returned to the Hatters 18 months later.

First team manager Ruben Selles will host Southampton in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup third round home game against League One side Sheffield Wednesday.

Hasenhuttl, who was appointed in December 2018, is the fifth Premier League manager to be sacked so far this season.

Scott Parker, Bruno Lage, Thomas Tuchel and Steven Gerrard were sacked by Bournemouth, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea and Aston Villa respectively, while Graham Potter left Brighton to take over as Chelsea boss.

analysis

Former Southampton defender Francis Benali on BBC Radio 5 Live

It is clear that Nathan Jones is in good shape to become Southampton’s next manager. But it could happen that things don’t work out and don’t actually happen for whatever reason.

There are some managers who will see this job as a unique opportunity: a young squad of players, an opportunity to spend in the January window and a job in the Premier League.

It’s not just Nathan Jones who will be of interest to Southampton; There are many directors who will be aiming for that position.

The World Cup break could help clubs like Southampton. Making this decision [to sack Hasenhuttl] It gives the new coach, whoever he may be, the opportunity to work with this exciting new young team.

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