Nathan Jones has been given a three-and-a-half-year contract to replace Ralph Hasenhuttl as Southampton’s new manager.
Jones, who has left Luton to take over the Saints, signed his contract with the Premier League team on Wednesday before seeing them defeat Sheffield Wednesday in a Carabao Cup penalty shootout.
After losing to Newcastle, Ralph was fired from his position and left St. Mary’s after just under four years in charge.
Numerous candidates were mentioned for the position, but former Luton manager Jones quickly emerged as the front-runner after the Hatters said they had given the Premier League team the go-ahead to begin talks with the 49-year-old.
Recent sources indicate that a deal has been reached during those negotiations, and the Saints have officially confirmed the move on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
“Southampton Football Club is thrilled to announce that it has selected Nathan Jones as its new men’s first team manager,” read a club statement.
Jones takes over ahead of the Premier League trip to Liverpool this weekend, which will be followed by an extended period in which he can work with the players over the World Cup break.
Jones will attempt to lead Southampton out of the relegation zone with at least a point when he takes over as manager against Liverpool this weekend following his appointment.
He visited the Saints’ EFL Cup game against League One team Sheffield Wednesday in the middle of the week, so he has already witnessed his new team in action.
After a 1-1 draw in regulation, Southampton narrowly defeated their opponents in a 6-5 penalty shootout to advance to the round of 16.
Jones expressed his pride at being given this opportunity when asked about his appointment.
“I have a lot of knowledge about the team from my time at The Dell and my time at St. Mary’s, and it is a fantastic football team.
It certainly helps that many members of my family support Southampton. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity, and I can’t wait to get going.
Obviously, I wanted to manage in the Premier League; I’ve dreamed of it ever since I became a coach or manager.
But this club in particular appeals to me because of the way it’s conducted, the organization, and the fact that they look beyond just results.”