Former West Bromwich Albion assistant manager Graeme Jones has agreed a deal to take over as manager of Luton Town in the summer, according to reports from the Telegraph.
The Hatters are currently flying in Sky Bet League One and sit three points clear at the top of the league, losing just one of their last 29 league games. Mick Harford has done an excellent job as caretaker manager at Kenilworth Road, following the departure of Nathan Jones to Stoke City in the earlier stages of the season.
But reports have now surfaced that, despite turning down the opportunity to manage Luton in January, former West Brom number two Graeme Jones has agreed to take over Luton next season, following his recent departure from the Hawthorns.
The 48-year old has been in the dugout as an assistant for nearly 12 years, having been a number two at the likes of Everton and the Belgium national team, though he has never been a manager himself.
The Baggies have recently parted company with their management team of Darren Moore and Jones after the club’s hopes of automatic promotion were put in serious doubt after results in recent weeks.
The West Midlands club are now nine points of the Championship automatic promotion places, after being held to a 1-1 draw against Ipswich on Saturday.
This is a very interesting development at Luton Town, and it is one that is likely to divide opinions amongst the Kenilworth Road faithful.
Jones clearly has a very good pedigree as an assistant manager, and has enough experience to finally step into life as a manager.
It is perhaps unfair on Mick Harford given the job that he has done since Nathan Jones left, but if he does not want the job, then it works out best for everyone if they do want to hire Jones.