Luton Town have announced the appointment of Graeme Jones as the club’s new permanent manager for next season.
Jones, who has previously been a coach under Roberto Martinez at Swansea, Wigan, Everton and the Belgian national team, takes over from Mick Harford, who has been an interim manager since Nathan Jones’ departure.
The 49-year-old has signed a 3 year contract and will take over after Luton’s final day match against Oxford United at Kenilworth Road.
Jones moves to Bedfordshire after a spell on the coaching staff at West Bromwich Albion, before leaving in March after the sacking of Darren Moore.
In announcing Jones’ arrival, the club confirmed a deal in principle had been agreed in February, with Harford remaining in charge for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
Jones’ role at Luton will be his first as a senior manager.
Town CEO Gary Sweet told the club’s official website that he has brought Jones in to the set-up, having felt he would fit in with what the club would expect. He also placed on record an appreciation of Harford for getting the club into the Championship.
He said, “We’re delighted to be the first club to secure the managerial services of Graeme Jones. Graeme is a very highly regarded coach and assistant amongst his peers and has caught our eye over the last few seasons as someone who is very hard working, very methodical and thorough in his approach, and a coach who sets his teams up in a manner Luton players and supporters will be accustomed to.
“We were always looking for an individual with fresh ideas but one who would befit our Club’s culture and ambition; one who is capable of taking Luton Town to the next level, building further upon the foundations we have nurtured over the last few years. We are very much looking forward to Graeme leading us into our next few chapters as a Championship club.
“We’ve been extremely fortunate to have Mick at the helm to see the job through, alongside our first team coaching staff. They have done a truly wonderful job with Graeme working in the background, without any thought of interference to the current set-up, to ensure we have a head start with regards to recruitment for next season.”