Jones Receives Hughton praise

Chris Hughton & Nathan Jones

CHRIS HUGHTON believes Nathan Jones boasts all the attributes to become a major success in his managerial post at the bet365 Stadium.

The Welshman served under Hughton as both first-team coach and assistant manager at the AMEX Stadium before taking the reins in his own right at Luton Town in January 2016.

He enjoyed a remarkable three-year spell at Kenilworth Road, elevating the Hatters from 18th in League Two to second place in League One, playing a fluent, attacking brand of football.

Jones will be looking to enjoy the same success in North Staffordshire after being appointed as Gary Rowett’s successor on Wednesday, and Hughton sees no reason as to why he can’t continue to establish himself as one of the brightest managers in the game.

“In the period of time he was here with me he was a coach, but when you look at coaches who you think have good potential to be managers then Nathan is somebody who is right up there,” he said this week.

“He has great enthusiasm and I think he has had great experience in the roles he has undertaken before stepping into his job with Stoke City.

 “As much as he can, he has gained valuable experience - and not only here when he was with ourselves."

“He has great enthusiasm as I have just said but he also boasts a tremendous knowledge of the game, and all you can hope is when a coach goes into a managerial position then he is successful.

“If you look at the work he has done with Luton then you would have to deem that as being very, very successful.”

He added: “Hence the reason why he has got the job and certainly everybody here at Brighton & Hove Albion wishes him all the very best because he served this club very well.”