Re: Nathan Jones interview
Posted by The Outsider on 11/11/2022, 15:07:43, in reply to "Nathan Jones interview "
“We’ve been quite transparent with the proceedings, I think clearly we knew a little bit before we made the announcement at the beginning of the week, we had the weekend with that knowledge, as always with these things because they’re private and Nathan wanted to have a private conversation with Southampton about that position. |
“We wanted to keep some stability and keep it out of the press, but there were some leaks on the south coast, unfortunately, so we had to respond and let people know that we had given him permission to talk to Southampton and we arranged for that to be on the Wednesday as you’re thick into preparation for a game.
“We had a good chat with the players, they were OK with that and there was a good chance from Wednesday that things wouldn’t necessarily be resolved and he would be back taking Saturday’s game as well, so we didn’t really have too much of a choice on the Tuesday.
“Frankly, on the Tuesday right until Thursday midnight, Nathan was a Luton Town employee, but actually, we all felt, that Mick (Harford) and everyone here that everyone was up for the Tuesday game and that’s not what lost us it, unfortunately, but it is what it is.
“I think the timing is really good for us and I would like to just say, Southampton whilst they have known that they have wanted to take Nathan for some time, he was their top candidate, they respectfully chose the right time to do that.
“Because it then gave everyone a week to sort things out and then we’ve got a month of preparation to restart the season, so it’s a really good time for us, a good time for them as well, a good time for Nathan and it gives this big man here (Harford) a good game to take on Saturday.
“So, we’ve got no real grumbles. From the outside world, supporters, they can rest assured that everything’s been handled very professionally. I was going to say amicable in these things. Between the two clubs there’s always going it a bit of negotiation shall we say, but we’ve actually got on really well with Southampton, it’s a decent club.
“So, I couldn’t really be more satisfied with the way it’s all gone, despite the fact that sometimes when it gets out to the public domain, there’s lots of rumours that get out and people assume things that frankly aren’t true.
“And I think that maybe (people) might think is we lost the game on Tuesday because Nathan took it, but that’s certainly not the case, we lost the game because we weren’t as good as Stoke.”