MEET THE STAFF
NATHAN JONES - Manager
Welshman Jones was appointed as John Still's successor in January 2016. A former coach and assistant-manager at Brighton & Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic and Yeovil Town, he was a player at Kenilworth Road in 1995 but left without making an appearance. Jones spent a year in Spain before returning to the UK and playing for Southend, Brighton and Yeovil, making over 500 appearances. He began his coaching qualifications while with Yeovil and achieved his UEFA Pro-Licence in 2014.
PAUL HART - Assistant-manager
The vastly experienced Hart played at the highest level as a defender for Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, among other clubs, before moving into management with Chesterfield in 1988. He has since bossed Forest, Barnsley, Rushden & Diamonds, Portsmouth, Queens Park Rangers and Swindon, as well as working with great success at development level at several clubs, including Leeds and Charlton, where he first worked with Nathan Jones in 2012-13. Named Hatters number two in May 2016.
JOAQUIN GOMEZ - First-team coach
Spanish coach Gomez arrived at Kenilworth Road in July 2016. The 30-year-old was one of the youngest men in Spain to gain his UEFA Pro Licence coaching qualification, and was assistant-manager at fifth-tier club C.P. Parla Escuela before moving to England at the age of 24. Over five years he worked his way up through Brighton & Hove Albion’s academy to coach the first-team alongside Hatters boss Nathan Jones. He left the Seagulls in 2015 to become head of tactical analysis at Derby County, from where he joined the Town.
KEVIN DEARDEN - Goalkeeper coach
Luton-born former Tottenham, Brentford and Torquay goalkeeper Dearden joined the Town's coaching staff in December 2014. After hanging up his gloves, he took over the goalkeeper coach position at Leyton Orient in 2008 before leaving to join the Town.
ANDY AWFORD - Academy and development manager
Former Portsmouth defender Awford joined the Town as the head of the academy and development squad in the summer of 2015. Was in caretaker charge before Nathan Jones' arrival, overseeing four games that included a last-gasp 3-2 win at Exeter. Previously in the same position at Pompey, he was also in full charge at Fratton Park during 2014-15 in which he oversaw a 1-0 win over the Hatters in League Two.
JARED ROBERTS-SMITH - Head of sports science
Joined the Town in the summer of 2016 after leaving the same role at Charlton, where he had worked since 2011. Worked with Nathan Jones and Paul Hart as part of the Addicks' hugely successful Under-21 side's staff during the 2012-13 campaign.
SIMON PARSELL - Physiotherapist
Experienced physio who joined the Town in 2010. Previously held the same position at Rushden & Diamonds.
DARREN COOK - Kit man/masseur
Originally employed by the Town as a masseur, Cook took up the role of kit man in 2010.
The first team are also assisted on occasions by youth team boss PAUL DRIVER and, on a full-time basis by PETER BOOKER, the club’s video analyst.