Why this picture of ex Stoke City boss Nathan Jones remains so controversial



Nathan Jones was not looking forward to his return to Kenilworth Road on February 29.

That much was clear when talking to Jones privately earlier in the season, but sadly for him he was never to endure the experience anyway.

But how do the Luton fans think about him now – more than a year on from his exit to join Stoke – and what will the general atmosphere be like at a packed Kenilworth Road tomorrow?

We went in search of answers from Mike Simmonds, regular Luton watcher as sports editor of The Luton News.

“It’s safe to say he (Jones) would have got an awful reception from home fans,” he says, “after the manner in which he left Luton for Stoke, and then posed for his manager of the month award while wearing his Potters gear.

“It had been one of the main reasons that Hatters supporters were looking forward to this game back at the start of the season, as they hadn’t had the chance to show their obvious displeasure towards him.”

Jones, incidentally, had won four and drawn one of his five games in charge of Luton in December 2018 to win that award.

As for the atmosphere tomorrow, that should be predictably feisty given the respective positions of the two clubs with Stoke four places and five points clear of the Hatters.

“Hopefully it will be a fervent and passionate one created by the home fans, as they played a massive part in Town holding on to beat Brentford on Tuesday night.

“Boss Graeme Jones has called on supporters to play their role in Luton’s survival attempts and they have certainly done so recently.”





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