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Ex-Prem boss who stopped Pep winning quadruple takes charge of League One side


CHARLTON have confirmed the appointment of former Luton and Southampton boss Nathan Jones.

The Addicks announced that they’ve hired the 50-year-old on a “long-term contract”.

Nathan Jones managed Southampton last season


Nathan Jones managed Southampton last seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Charlton are already on their third manager of the season, having sacked Dean Holden and Michael Appleton.

Upon joining the South Londoners, Jones said: “I am extremely excited by the challenge in front of me at Charlton.

“It is a club that I have fond memories of from my time here and I want to play my part in moving the club forward.

“I have been approached by a number of clubs to get back into management but I have been waiting for the right opportunity.

“From my conversations with the Board and given the long-term nature of the contract, I can see there is a real appetite to build something here which I am really looking forward to being a part of.”

Jones managed Luton with great success across two spells between 2016 and 2022, with a short stint at Stoke in 2019.

He guided the Hatters from League Two to the Championship before leaving for Southampton.

The Welshman lasted just 14 games in charge of the Saints before being sacked.

Although he did mastermind a Carabao Cup victory over Manchester City, which ended up costing Pep Guardiola‘s side the quadruple.

On the appointment, Charlton chairman James Rodwell said: “We’re really pleased to appoint Nathan Jones.

“He is a Manager of real pedigree who has a track record of building successful teams over a period of time.

“We were really impressed with the quality of candidates interested in coming to Charlton. Through our initial research, the in-depth interview process and the references we took, Nathan was the clear stand out.

“He is a great fit for Charlton given his ability to get his teams playing football on the front foot, with a passion and an intensity.

“He is an excellent coach, who is tactically savvy and an outstanding developer of talent.

“The ownership group has a long-term focus of bringing success to Charlton Athletic and Nathan will play a key role as we look to take this club to the next level.

“Initially that will mean improving on our recent form and looking to finish the season as high up the League One table as possible.”

The Addicks have endured a poor season and sit 19th in League One.

They are just three points above the relegation zone, with 21st-placed Reading possessing a game in hand.

Jones worked as a development coach within Charlton’s academy during the 2012-13 season.

His first game as boss will come in next week’s huge clash with Reading at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

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