To an outsider looking in, Luton Town have had one of the best seasons out of any English side in the Football League.
Sitting five points top of the League One table with four games to go puts the Hatters just three wins away from promotion to the Championship, and considering they lost their manager Nathan Jones midway through the season, it will make the achievement even more impressive.
As much as it pains to admit for Luton fans, the club simply would not be where they are now had it not been for Jones. When the Welshman was appointed manager in January 2016, very few Hatters supporters would have predicted the whirlwind adventure the club would go on under the young coach.
His first half of the season saw Jones steer the club away from relegation, and in his first full season with Luton he did one better, taking the Hatters to fourth place in the League Two table but falling in the semi-finals to Blackpool 6-5 on aggregate.
Jones stated the club’s ambition to get promotion to League One in the 2017/18 and followed up on it by setting a club record for their biggest margin of victory on the opening day of a season in an 8-2 win over Yeovil Town, with new summer signing James Collins bagging a hat-trick.
The massive would kick-start what was an incredible season for the London club that saw Jones’ side score 94 goals and only lose eight times in the league as Luton finished in second place in the League Two table.
Jones’ incredible management of Luton continued into League One where the Welshman led the Hatters to second in the league table heading into 2019, but then Stoke City came knocking.
Despite being adored by the fans and having the tools and backing to turn Luton into one of the best rising teams in the country, Jones made the move to the Potters in January 2019.
Since the move, Luton have continued to impress in League One under returning manager Mick Harford, who has taken the team to a 28-game unbeaten run and sits on the edge of promotion to the Championship.
For Jones, though, the Welshman has found it difficult to find his feet at Stoke, unable to take the club into the play-offs and set for a summer of major change in personnel.
Luton fans, will Jones be remembered fondly in the future? Let us know!Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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