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‘This could be a stroke of genius’ – These Luton fans were hopeful this risky appointment would pay off, and it certainly did

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After an eighth-place finish in the same division the season before, Luton Town will have been hopeful of pushing for promotion in the 2015/16 season. 

But John Still’s side got off to a very tricky start and had to wait until their sixth game of the season for their first win, losing three of their opening five.

Another similar run in December left the club languishing dangerously around the relegation zone and the board decided to take action, sacking Still before things got worse.

The hunt was now on for a manager who could turn their season around.

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The person they ended up with was Brighton and Hove Albion coach, and former Hatters player, Nathan Jones.

It was a big risk from the club with this being the Welshman’s first job as a manager, but the fans were still happy to see him back:

And they were right to be delighted.

A run of six wins in eight games towards throughout February steered the club in the right direction and by the end of the season they sat in 11th place and looked in a good place to push on in the following season.

Jones recruited well in the summer and despite losing Jack Marriott, guided the Hatters to automatic promotion to League One with the strike partnership of Danny Hylton and James Collins scoring 40 goals between them.

They now sit just a couple of points off the third tier playoffs and hopes are high that Championship football may not be far away.

It is safe to say that those fans were absolutely right to be happy with Jones’s arrival at Kenilworth Road.

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