Championship side Luton Town have confirmed they have parted company with manager Graeme Jones and 3 members of his backroom staff.
Former Everton, Wigan and West Brom coach Jones has left the Bedfordshire club. In their statement, Luton said this was a move by mutual agreement.
The Hatters have described the move as a first step to “reduce its cost base and to create efficiencies within the football department” in the wake of the coronavirus crisis and the pausing of football matches across the world.
Jones, along with assistant manager Gary Brabin, first-team coach Inigo Idiakez and technical goalkeeping coach Imanol Etxeberria, have all had their contracts terminated with immediate effect.
In a statement, the Hatters said, “Luton Town have today come to a mutual agreement with Graeme Jones on the termination of his contract as first-team manager.
“Given the current circumstances affecting not only football but the world as whole, the Club are taking an early move to restructure in order to reduce its cost base and to create efficiencies within the football department.
“As a result of amicable discussions, Graeme and the board of directors have agreed terms upon which he will leave his role with immediate effect.
“The board would like to place on record their thanks to Graeme for his efforts over the last twelve months. We wish him and his family well during these difficult times for everyone, and in his future career.”
Luton have said Mick Harford, who was caretaker manager after Nathan Jones’ departure last season and had been working as the club’s chief recruitment officer, will take over as an interim contact between the club’s board, staff and players.
The Hatters have also declared they will not be making any further moves until a plan of action going forward for football is finalised, and that they will not consider or review any applications for vacated positions.
Jones was appointed Luton manager shortly after the club won promotion from League One last season. He won 12 games in all competitions – a win ratio of 29%. The club sat 23rd place in the Championship and 6 points from safety when football was suspended, with a 0-0 draw against Wigan on March 7th being the last game played to date.