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Exclusive: Stephen Warnock issues verdict on potential Mick Harford successor at Luton Town

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Luton Town have responded incredibly well to the departure of Nathan Jones at Kenilworth Road, as the Hatters continue to cement their position at the top of the Sky Bet League One table.

Many thought that it would derail the Hatters’ promotion bid when the Welshman left the club to join Championship side Stoke City, with the 45-year-old becoming a resounding success at Kenilworth Road over the last couple of years.

But under caretaker manager Mick Harford, the Hatters are going incredibly well, and remain extremely strong promotion contenders after defeating the likes of Portsmouth and Peterborough United at home in recent weeks.

With the club recently being linked with Bury manager Ryan Lowe and Newport County boss Michael Flynn, we exclusively asked EFL on Quest pundit Stephen Warnock whether the 59-year old should keep the job until the end of the season…

“It’s a very tough call isn’t it? At this moment in time when you’re consistently winning games, you just think keep it going.”

“But long-term, you need a manager in place, because if you do go up in the summer, you need to know who the manager is when signing for the club, decisions need to be made on players running out of contracts, it’s one of them decisions you’ve got to make sooner rather than later.”

“The players will want to know now as well – it’s great having Mick involved now for the short-term, but in the long run, the players will want a permanent manager in place.”

Harford has done an exceptional job since taking up the role as first-team manager, albeit on a temporary basis, but with the Hatters firmly in the driving seat for promotion to the Championship, Warnock believes that the club shouldn’t opt for an experienced manager for the sake of it, instead of hiring Harford on a permanent deal.

“No, I wouldn’t really (be opting for a more experienced manager if they got into the Championship). I think when you look at managers who take jobs and how they succeed, there’s nothing to say that an experienced manager would do a better job than an inexperienced manager.”

“It depends who you’ve got as your backup team around you and your knowledge of the game. I think if Mick Harford went in there, he knows the game, he’s been around, he’s learnt from lessons from many managers over the years, and I don’t see it as an inexperienced appointment.”

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