Luton Town have announced Chris Cohen will be the club’s new assistant manager as part of a backroom reshuffle.

Mick Harford has taken up the position of the chief recruitment officer role, which is the role the Luton legend had originally returned to the Club to take up soon after Nathan Jones’ initial appointment as Hatters manager in January 2016.

Harford has been Luton assistant manager since Jones’ second appointment in May 2020.

Cohen moves into the role just under two years after joining the Hatters, who he initially joined as a first team coach in September 2020.

The 35-year-old, who made over 300 appearances for Nottingham Forest as a player, will take up the role ahead of the new season.

In a statement to the Luton Town website, Jones said he was happy to continue working with Harford and that he had faith Cohen was the right choice to be his second in command.

Regarding Harford, Jones said, “Throughout my time here Mick has had to step up and fill in a number of times, which is what he’s done as manager and assistant, but he expressed a desire to go back to what he joined the club for, and we were happy to allow him to do that.

“That was always the plan and it was just picking the right time, and we felt that this was the right time to do that.

“Mick has guided the club through some wonderful occasions and some difficult times. We’re really proud of his work for the football club, and his strength to us has always been in helping to create the environment and the atmosphere with his presence and his character.

“None of that will change, as he will still be in at The Brache every day, passing on his knowledge and experience to the players, myself and the staff, but he’ll be getting out to more games elsewhere and giving us his value in that capacity.”

As for the decision to promote Cohen, Jones added that he was earmarked to make the step up.

He said, “We have always earmarked Chris to step up from the moment he came in. There was always the chance for progression and the more we’ve evolved and the closer we have worked together, the more autonomy and responsibility he has been given.

“Chris is key to how we work and key to what I do, because he’s a real trusted assistant. He has really stepped up with the way he conducts himself, the way he’s proved he is a valued member of our coaching staff and how he is really proactive, as all of our staff are.

“I’m so glad that he’s going to continue his stay with us and especially working as my closest ally, because we’ve had a lot of success since he came to the club.”