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Nathan Jones Press Conference Snippets

Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones on 'a whirlwind' few days...
“I got a call earlier in the week about the opportunity, and it all happened really quickly. I was in Brighton actually, but I travelled up, met the board and went in front of the key people here at the Club. I realised very quickly that it was something I was interested in, and here we are. It was a tough decision to make because I had great players at Luton, we were three years into it and we were in a wonderful place, we really were. I just had to think professionally, but it was a real wrench. It was always going to take something special to take me away. I have turned down opportunities before, but this was one that I felt I couldn’t turn down. It is with a heavy heart that I leave Luton Town, because I love the club, but it is the right decision.”

Nathan Jones on Stoke City's vision...
“I have followed football for a long time and there is a good tradition for Welsh managers here, which I hope continues. I was at Brighton, which was a great community club, Luton were the same and Stoke City is absolutely the same. There are so many parallels between Stoke City and Brighton. There are great people at both clubs. It has been a tough two-year period here but everything is in place to be really successful. The supporters here are wonderful. I need them to be right behind me and buy into what we are trying to do. This can be a phenomenal club, trust me.”

Nathan Jones on the Club being the right fit...
“I wouldn’t have come if this wasn’t the right fit. It was a wrench leaving Luton as I have said, and I hadn’t taken them as far as I could have done, because the scope there is huge. I didn’t want to rip the bones out of everything I have done so this move had to be right for me and I believe this is the right fit for me. I don’t want to just be a side that plays attractive football, I want my players to work hard, incredibly hard. I would like this Club to get back to the highest level, and I believe we can do that.”

Nathan Jones on his first training session...
“I have seen no egos, not a single one. The best way for me to bridge a gap between coaching apparent lower league players and to where these lads are now is through good work. The board have entrusted us to implement the work we do, and we believe that with the players we have we can be successful. I took training today and the boys were hard working and they are talented.”

Nathan Jones on the pressure he will put on himself...
“The greatest pressure that I will be under is from myself. The gap between ourselves and the top six is eight points. What we need to do is instil a philosophy to drive this Club forward. I want short term success, which will lead to medium-term success which in term provides long-term success. The sooner we start to move back in a positive direction, the better.”

Nathan Jones on the January transfer window...
“Anyone we bring in has to be better than we have here. We have a wonderful squad here so that will be difficult. We have to improve and the lads we bring in have to be top characters and they have to be phenomenal athletes. If any of the lads here don’t want to be part of this environment then those players who don’t buy into it will quickly fall by the wayside. If I can keep this group motivated and hungry then that will be enough to be successful, because we have the quality here.”

Nathan Jones on his principles...
“I want to play a fast, attractive, attacking, winning style of football. There are a lot of things that have to be right off the pitch including discipline, hard work and many other things like that.”

Nathan Jones on what can be achieved this season...
"Anything is possible, but I don’t want to be that vague. I am a student of the Championship, I have studied the league for a long time. Realistic aim is to improve our position quickly. That will depend upon how we do over the coming weeks. If we can improve our position by the end of each month then hopefully we will be in a better place. We have to implement a whole Club philosophy first. In the short term we would like to see how quickly we can improve our position.”

Nathan Jones on the difficulty of leaving Luton Town...
“I had a great rapport with the supporters at Luton. It is like a marriage when you break-up. I gave Luton my life. I feel I have significantly improved the whole football club there. I united a club, I think, there was a full house every week. I understand that there will be bitterness, and the amount of times I have cried when I have received text messages from players has been incredible. It hurts because I love them but this is the right move for me. I had no intention of leaving them, but I feel I have left them in a wonderful, wonderful position.” 

Nathan Jones on what the supporters can expect...
“I want to put a side out that fans can be proud of. At times there will be an element of frustration, but I promise you down the line they will be proud of us. Don’t be a sceptic now, please be with us and get behind us. The fans are incredible here, I have heard Delilah four times in a match here. I have marked top players here like Ricardo Fuller, Mamady Sidibe. Just please get behind me and I promise I will help to bring the good times back."

Nathan Jones on his first training session...
“It was a great training session, they were motivated, which I expected to be the case. What I saw today is what I want to see every single day. I am used to a good group of players and I was very pleased with what I saw today. I feel sufficiently confident of being able to look at that group and pick a team for Saturday, but I will tap into the wealth of knowledge here. I wanted to get straight into it, I don’t want to sit in the stand and ease myself in, so why not start Saturday. It has been a whirlwind, it really has, but being a football manager is never easy anyway.”

Nathan Jones on players fitness ahead of Brentford...
“We obviously have one or two issues that I wouldn’t like to openly say today, but we had good numbers training today, so we should be fine in terms of the selection on Saturday.”

Nathan Jones on the appointment of two of his core staff...
“To implement a Club philosophy you need people you can trust and people who know how you work. You don’t need everybody who you have worked with because new people will buy into that. It was essential that my core staff came though. I don’t travel with a lot of baggage, I have a few who are essential, and the board were quick to say yes to those guys.”

Nathan Jones on his hopes for success...
“I don’t know what has gone in in the past, so I can’t comment on that. I want to bring success here. I know what can be achieved. The fans are vital, trust me, they play a key role every week. I want them to understand what we are trying to do here. They need to understand the process of what we are working towards, but I promise them we will get there. There is no right way of playing but I know I can get this group playing a style of play that the wonderful supporters here will enjoy.”

Nathan Jones on opportunities for all of his first-team players...
“I don’t like the word clean-slate, but everyone has an opportunity. If they buy into what I want to do then they will improve, I will improve and more importantly the Club will improve. We have a certain way of operating, and I want good human beings to buy into everything that Stoke City is about. Everyone will get an opportunity. I like young, fit and hungry players. There is nothing better than seeing a homegrown player coming through and being successful.”

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