Stoke Deserve Praise for Giving Nathan Jones His Big Break

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Far too often in football management, the same old names are banded around when a lower half Premier League club or Championship team (especially with Stoke’s pedigree) are in need of new leadership.

David Moyes, Steve Bruce, Sam Allardyce, Mick McCarthy are just four such journeymen who have all at one time or another had a string of good enough results which has made chairmen up and down the country believe they can replicate past success at their club.

However, far too often that is not the case (although in the case of Allardyce that may be a little harsh as it is difficult to see a club he has actually failed at).

Dining out on past glories is a dangerous game and yet it seems in football it is a prolific habit for chairmen.

However, not at Stoke City as the appointment of Nathan Jones can testify.

Stoke are a club that were playing the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool (you get the idea) week in and week out 12 months ago but as we know the season ended in relegation.

Upon demotion to the Championship, Stoke went slightly against the grain when they opted to put Gary Rowett in charge of the club.

The former Burton, Birmingham, and Derby manager had shown great promise at this level and was unfairly dismissed from the Blues in December 2014 with the club just outside the playoffs (Birmingham would then plummet down the table and turn to Harry Redknapp to just keep them in the division).

However, after just 8 wins from 26 Championship games, Rowett found himself collecting his P45.

Perhaps it was the right decision, perhaps it wasn’t, but it was good to see Stoke giving Rowett a chance.

What happened next was even more unexpected, most of us were expecting a Steve Bruce or David Moyes to be put in charge but instead the Potters opted for little known Nathan Jones.

However, to class Jones as little known is perhaps harsh, the term should be ‘little known outside of the top flight’ as the 45-year-old Welshman has been ripping up League Two and League One with Luton Town for the last three years.

Jones guided the Hatters to promotion to League One last season ending the campaign in second and leaves the club second in League One.

The town of Luton has a population of over 200,000 which is vast and for the first time in a long time, Luton Town are a club fulfilling some of their potential largely thanks to Nathan Jones guidance.

Luton Town are flying in League One

There are no hiding places in the lower leagues, you either have the ability to get the maximum out of players who lack of the quality of those in the upper echelons or you don’t.

There is no getting lucky thanks to a superstar player getting you out of jail or resting on a past reputation which has dried up.

There are few more deserving people in football management than Nathan Jones to be given the chance to take charge of a big(ish) club.

I may be a Leeds fan but I for one will be keeping a close eye on Stoke and will be subconsciously supporting them (but not when they play Leeds of course).

Good on you Stoke, we far too often complain that clubs do not give up and coming British managers a chance but for the second appointment in a row you have done just that.

Bravo.


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I have been producing content for the sports industry for many years now and love nothing more than the competitive nature of any game. An avid football, F1, and golf fan, when I am not giving my opinions on sport, I will most likely be trying to chip out of a bunker.

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