After yet another victory at the weekend, Luton Town continue to lead the way in Sky Bet League One, with promotion to the second tier looking like a real possibility.
Goals from Danny Hylton and James Collins put Rochdale to the sword on Saturday afternoon, as the Hatters put themselves into a five-point lead at the top of the table – the Bedfordshire club are now seven points clear of 3rd place.
It seems as if the Hatters are already planning for the summer, with reports from reliable journalist Alan Nixon claiming that the club are set to approach West Bromwich Albion assistant manager Graeme Jones for the second time.
LUTON. Going to try again for Graeme Jones at WEST BROM in summer. Two failed attempts before. Maybe a Championship number one job appeals by then.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) March 3, 2019
The Hatters, who are currently being managed by caretaker Mick Harford, approached Jones’ services at the start of January, but Darren Moore’s number two turned the job at Kenilworth Road down.
Here, we take a look at two clear reasons why Luton should avoid hiring Jones in the summer…
He is far too inexperienced
It is looking increasingly likely that Luton will be in the Championship next season, and if they are, then Jones is likely to find it tough.
The Championship is a cruel mistress and there are a lot of teams who are already Premier League standard, so if the Hatters are to reach the second tier, then a more experienced manager should definitely be on the club’s list if they are to solidify their place in the league.
Of course, Jones will have learnt a lot from West Brom boss Moore, but they are in a completely different kettle of fish compared to Luton, in the sense that they have a much bigger budget and much better players.
Mick Harford deserves the job
If the Hatters are too appoint a relatively inexperienced manager, then Harford is the man for the job.
He has worked absolute wonders at Kenilworth Road since the departure of Nathan Jones, and has a good understanding of the club and the fans.
Sheffield United and Chris Wilder have proved that when there this is a close affinity between the manager and club, anything is possible.