Jones Fully Prepared For Job In Hand

Nathan Jones

NATHAN JONES says he is fully prepared for the challenges that lie in wait as he prepares to make his Stoke City managerial bow against Brentford on Saturday.

The former Luton Town boss agreed a three-and-a-half year deal at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday, with the Club acting swiftly to obtain his services just 24 hours after parting company with Gary Rowett.

Whilst Jones is somewhat stepping into the unknown having only managed two fixtures at Championship level (as caretaker boss for Brighton & Hove Albion), he believes he is fully equipped to handle any issues facing him.

“I don’t think the challenges here are any different to any that I have faced before, they are the same challenges but on a bigger scale,” he told Stoke City+ this week.

“This is going to be a test of one, my character and two, my personality - but I’m well equipped for that.

“I’ve gone into difficult situations before, like when I took over as caretaker at Brighton and I felt that I showed I had something."

“Then I went into Luton at a difficult time because generally people don’t change manager when everything is hunky dory. 

“I knew there were problems but we changed lots and lots of the culture - I speak a lot about culture and environment because they’re what makes a club tick.

“We changed the mentality to a winning mentality, to a progressive mentality, to a mentality that wants to develop, that believes in young players but not just young players, but also enhancing those already at the club.”

He added: “I know that there are challenges here, but that’s life and life is about challenges. You have to meet them head on - I know I am ready for it and that’s the main thing.”