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Nathan Jones named Stoke manager

Stoke City have confirmed Nathan Jones is their new manager.

The 45-year-old Welshman takes up the reins at the bet365 Stadium after the Potters agreed a compensation package with his former club Luton Town.

His appointment follows the departure of Gary Rowett, who the club sacked yesterday.

In a statement on the Potters' website, Chairman Peter Coates and Vice-Chair John Coates said: “Nathan is an incredibly driven and passionate individual and we are delighted to have secured his services for Stoke City.

“We have been following Nathan’s career for sometime and when we met him were hugely impressed with his clear vision as to how he will achieve success at Stoke.”

Jones has also spoken to the club's website, admitting he leaves Bedfordshire with a heavy heart, but  the opportunity of joining a club of the size and stature of Stoke City was one that he simply couldn’t allow to pass him by.

He said: "This is a wonderful club and I feel very proud that the owners have identified the work that myself and my team have been doing.

“Of course, it goes without saying that I am immensely proud to be sitting here as the manager of this wonderful football club.

“I have to say that this was the toughest decision of my life, it really was - I know that is a cliché at times when managers move clubs, but it really was for me.

“The environment was special there, I had excellent relationships with key people, my relationship with the supporters was outstanding and I also had a group of players who dedicated every part of their life to performing well for the club.

“I have had other opportunities in the Championship before with numerous clubs, but none of those were of the stature and standing of Stoke City.

“As soon as I spoke to Peter and John and heard their vision and listened to what they want to achieve, I knew this was a step that I wanted to take.

“This is a club with wonderful tradition, it has a Premier League structure in every regard, baring the league this year of course.

“I believe I am an appointment for the long-term here, I want to win games and I want to instil a culture and a philosophy that people are going to really get behind and be proud of.”

Luton Town confirmed this morning they had given Stoke permission to speak to Jones, and following the announcement he had left the club, wished him 'every success in his future career' and thanked him for his service.

 

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