Nathan Jones has agreed a “long-term” deal to be the next Southampton head coach after holding further talks with the club’s hierarchy on Wednesday. Jones was in the stands for Southampton’s Carabao Cup game at home to Sheffield Wednesday and is set to be in the dugout for Saturday’s trip to Liverpool.
Southampton and Luton Town had broadly agreed a compensation package for Jones, believed to be £2.5m, before he took charge of his final Luton game on Tuesday at his former club Stoke but the clubs have since formally agreed terms.
Jones, a former Brighton, Southend and Yeovil defender, has been highly successful at Luton across two spells, winning back-to-back promotions into League One and last season led the club into the Championship playoffs. Jones is set to be joined at Southampton with his assistants Chris Cohen, with whom he played at Yeovil, and Alan Sheehan.
Jones, 49, admitted to being “flattered” by Southampton’s interest in him following Luton’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke. “I know my strengths and if a group buys into that, then I can manage at any level,” he said.