Southampton appoint Luton boss as new manager

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Southampton have confirmed the appointment of Nathan Jones as their new manager following the sacking of Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Welshman Jones, 49, has left Championship side Luton Town to take up the role and has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract.

Hasenhuttl, who was in charge for nearly four years, was sacked on Monday after Sunday’s 4-1 defeat by Newcastle.

“I’m really proud to be given this opportunity,” said Jones.

“I know a lot about the club from back in the days of The Dell, to coming here to St Mary’s, and it’s a wonderful football club.”

Jones watched from the stands as Saints beat Sheffield Wednesday on penalties in the Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday.

His first game in charge will be away at Liverpool on Saturday.

Hasenhuttl was dismissed after a run of one win in nine matches, with Southampton 18th in the Premier League.

Jones, who signed a five-year deal with the Hatters in January, ends his second spell at Luton with the club ninth in the Championship.

He will be joined at St Mary’s by first team coaches Chris Cohen and Alan Sheehan.

“A lot of my family are Southampton fans, which doesn’t half help,” Jones said.

“I wanted to manage in the Premier League, I’ve dreamt of that since I became a coach, but this club in particular – because of how it’s run, because of the structure, because of how they look deeper than just results – really appeals to me.”