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Nathan Jones is back in the managerial hotseat at Luton, just 16 months after leaving the club for Stoke. Photo: Dave Howarth/PA Wire

Nathan Jones is back in the managerial hotseat at Luton, just 16 months after leaving the club for Stoke. Photo: Dave Howarth/PA Wire

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Nathan Jones is back in the managerial hotseat at Luton, just 16 months after leaving the club for Stoke. Photo: Dave Howarth/PA Wire

Nathan Jones is back in the managerial hotseat at Luton, just 16 months after leaving the club for Stoke.

Having announced former boss Graeme Jones was leaving the Championship club in April, the Welshman has been confirmed as successor on his 47th birthday.

Jones had a brief spell at Kenilworth Road as a player in the mid-1990s and enjoyed success there as manager between January 2016 and January 2019, ruffling feathers when leaving the League One promotion hopefuls for Stoke.

That ill-fated reign at the bet365 Stadium came to an end in November and the former Brighton coach faces an uphill battle to keep the Hatters in the Championship, with the side 23rd and six points from safety ahead of a proposed restart.

Luton chief executive Gary Sweet said: "My job is to make sure the club can escape the severe economic impact of the virus and whatever decisions we make now, it is the club that must be put first.

"We must do everything we possibly can to stay in the Championship this season. We have just nine games left to climb out of the relegation zone and the squad has to be more than ready.

"We need a manager who can hit the ground sprinting - someone who knows us, our players and our environment and someone who knows the league.

"There's only one man who has those characteristics and that's Nathan Jones. And there's only one person who should be assisting him at this time - and that's Mick Harford."