Premier League club Southampton confirmed on Thursday the appointment of Nathan Jones as the team’s new manager. Prior to accepting his new role, the Welsh national was the manager of Luton Town.
Jones will replace Ralph Hasenhuttl, who was dismissed due to the Saints’ poor start to the new season. Currently, the club is sitting in 18th place, having won just three of its 14 games so far. The Saints will be hoping that Jones’ leadership will help to change their fortunes and lift them out of the relegation zone.
“I know a lot about the club from back in the days of [Southampton’s former stadium] The Dell, to coming here to St Mary’s, and it’s a wonderful football club,” Jones said of his new team. The new manager confirmed that his personal connections to the club helped him to make the decision to join.
Jones’ first match in charge will be against Liverpool, who Southampton will pay a visit to on Saturday. Following the game, Jones will work to develop the squad during the World Cup break in an effort to prepare them for the return of club soccer on December 26.