Ex Stoke City boss opens up about exit


Nathan Jones admits he has a regret over the way he left Luton for Stoke City back in January last year.

Jones is back at Luton after just 38 games in charge of Stoke, but back to a mixed reception from Hatters fans still needled by how the Welshman walked out on them last year when they were flying high in League One.

Speaking to Sky today, Jones said: “I had made my peace with Luton a while back, which I needed to because it was a little bit of an acrimonious exit.

Chris Brunt is the latest high-profile name to be linked with Stoke City this summer.

The connections are obvious after serving City boss Michael O’Neill so royally with Northern Ireland.

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And it is barely four months since O’Neill tried to prise him out of West Bromwich Albion at the end of the January transfer window.

O’Neill clearly remains a big fan and Brunt would be free as he is running out of contract at West Brom.

But at 35, there will be those raising an eyebrow at his signing, even on a relatively short-term deal.

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“As for the fans and their frustrations, I understand certain things because when I left we were in a magnificent place.

“I had a wonderful relationship with them, one of the best points-per-game they’d ever had and a real good feeling around the club.

“And then suddenly I was gone – and I regret that side of it because I could have done that exit better if I’m honest.”

Jones was sacked by Stoke with the club bottom of the table after 14 games.

And he takes over a Luton side second bottom, six points from safety with nine games remaining.





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