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Nathan Jones at Luton Town: His one best moment and one worst moment at the Hatters so far

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Luton Town appointed Nathan Jones in January 2016, with the Welshman taking the helm after a much-loved figure in John Still. 

Still, who guided The Hatters back into the Football League, perhaps reached his ceiling as Luton boss, with the appointment of a young, progressive manager like Jones, believed to be the next best step. 

After a strong first season and a half with The Hatters, the 48-year-old then guided Luton to promotion from League Two.

The ultimate objective of the following season was stability, however, going into January, Luton sat in second place and were playing some brilliant football. 

Luton managed to win back-to-back titles that year, but Jones departed for Stoke City in January. 

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The Welshman then returned to Kenilworth Road in May 2020 and succeeded in steering Luton away from the relegation places. 

Jones has since helped to establish Luton as a Championship club, making excellent progress since his appointment five and a half years ago. 

One best moment 

Given the upward trajectory Luton have been on since Jones was first appointed, there have been plenty of brilliant moments. 

Securing promotion from League Two certainly ranks very high, whilst convincing wins against Plymouth Argyle and Bradford City in League One, are also two very positive moments. 

Last season’s 1-0 victory against local rivals Watford, in what was an extremely dominant performance, could be the best moment for some, however, securing their place in the Championship for another season at the end of the 2019/20 campaign probably edges that. 

When Jones returned, Luton were six points adrift of Championship safety, and in the eight games leading up to a final day clash with Black Burn Rovers, The Hatters managed to keep themselves in contention of staying up. 

Still sitting in the relegation zone before the final day, Luton found themselves a goal down, however, they netted three times to overcome that early obstacle. 

A late Blackburn goal set up a tense finale, but The Hatters held on for all three points, ensuring their Championship status for another year. 

One worst moment 

As said before, Luton’s rise under Jones means that bad moments have been quite rare. 

Luton’s defeat to Blackpool in the semi-final of the League Two play-offs was disappointing, but ultimately, Jones had done exceptionally well to steer the club to a fourth-place finish. 

A 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth in September meant that Luton were without a league win in six games, Jones’ longest run as Luton boss without a win. 

However, his departure to Stoke is probably his worst moment at the club. 

The rationale for joining The Potters was there for all to see. It was seemingly the next step of his progression as a coach, joining a side with a significantly larger budget than Luton. He was also joining a Championship club with aspirations of returning to the Premier League.

However, he left his Luton side who were challenging for a second successive promotion, with the timing hurting Luton fans.


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