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Southampton: Weir reacts to ‘extraordinary’ Jones comments

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Sky Sports reporter Jamie Weir has given his reaction to the ‘extraordinary comments’ made by Southampton boss Nathan Jones after their Premier League defeat this weekend.

The Lowdown: Jones’ post-match comments

The Saints’ latest Premier League setback came at the hands of Brentford in a 3-0 thumping at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Following the loss, Jones’ Southampton side remain rock bottom with 15 points.

Jones spoke after the game and claimed he had ‘compromised’ his style of play since taking charge of the club. When he was at the helm of Luton Town, the Welshman claimed ‘statistically, there weren’t many better’ than him across Europe.

The Latest: Weir taken aback

Weir was taken aback by the comments Jones made about his managerial style and ability when speaking on Sky Sports’ Sunday Supplement.

He stated: “There were some extraordinary comments in that press conference after the game, and I’ve been to a few Nathan Jones press conferences in recent weeks, and he does come up with some almost David Brent/Alan Partridge-esque comments which have you certainly slightly scratching your head.

“To say yesterday that when Luton were at the height of their powers, ‘there was no one better than me in all of Europe’ – not than us, than me.

“I take my hat off to him, his self-belief is just on another level. For somebody who’s never achieved anything at the top level of the game, he has got extraordinary self-belief in what he’s doing.”

The Verdict: Not helping himself

We believe that Jones is not helping himself by claiming to be one of the best at a previous point in his managerial career.

The bizarre comments are very reminiscent of when the former temporary manager of Newcastle United John Carver claimed he was the ‘best manager in the league’ despite the Magpies being in a relegation battle at the time.

In our view, the difference between the two statements is that with Carver, it seemed to come more from a position of he had to believe in himself for the task ahead rather than any delusions of grandeur.

Whereas, Jones talking about stats suggests that he sees them as fact. However, comparing stats from different leagues isn’t a one size fits all conclusion – if anything, it just makes him seem a bit out of touch with reality.

Jones has not enhanced his reputation with many of the supporters since taking charge of the club, and they’ve made their feelings clear from the stands, so in our view, making those comments will only sour the relationship between the manager and some fans – particularly while the Saints’ form remains as it is.

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