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NATHAN JONES ON THE QUALITY OF HIS SIDE AND THE SUNDERLAND SPECULATION

9 November 2017

Hatters boss Nathan Jones has said he has no contact from Sunderland regarding their vacant manager position after recent speculation about the Welshman joining the Black Cats.

Although pleased to see it highlighting the hard work he and his team have put in, the gaffer said he is more than happy at Kenilworth Road.

Jones explained: "[There has not been contact] that I know of. It's very flattering, they're a massive club, to get linked with things like that you're obviously doing things right in your own back yard. I'm always laid back about these things, if these things materialise, they materialise, right now I'm concentrating on doing well for Luton Town.

"We're in a fantastic place here, a fantastic environment and a fantastic club. I'm delighted with the squad. We've just come off the back of a wonderful month, a win against higher league opposition, so we're in a good place and I don't want anything to derail that.

"I think it's important you keep your feet on the ground when you hear speculation. It's not the first time, but all you can do is just get on with your job. We're in a real good place here and I love my job here. I love working for this club, I love the group of players I've got, I watch our games week in, week out and they're my favourite games to watch because you see our structure, what we're trying.

"They're a good group, they're a brave group and they want to achieve something. They might lose games, the might fall short sometimes, but it's not for the want of trying, it's not from endeavour and I love that. That's a big thing to have as a manager of a football club, I love my players, I love every one of them and they give me everything back.

"It's wonderfully flattering to be linked with a massive club and it just shows that we're doing good work, but until anyone tells me any different, it's speculation."

The Hatters are currently third in the Sky Bet League Two table and after Saturday's 1-0 win over Portsmouth, are through to the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Jones' side showed they could hold their own against third tier opposition, but the gaffer was keen to point out his side need to get to that level before they start talking of being good enough for League One.

"I am not saying we are ready for League One, what I am saying is we are assembling a squad that we believe will be and not just one that can tread water there, but one that can impact League One," he continued. "Let's not forget we have got to get there first! There's no point us being a top League One side if we can't get out of League Two.

"We like testing ourselves against higher league opposition because we recruit in certain ways, we believe we have structure here. Let's plan it for the next step, the next phase, so when we come up against higher league opposition we love to test ourselves to see where we are and we acquit ourselves fantastically well."

 


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