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[Football] Nathan Jones to Saints


Feb 1, 2009
A few months ago - well, maybe more like a year or two - I'd have been quite happy with the idea of Jines coning back to the Albion, next in line, so to speak.

Now we've moved on, I think. Good luck to him at Stains though (except against us, of course .................. and yes, at the end of the day, I suppose I would quite enjoy them going down - unless they can keep up with us, of course!)


Nov 11, 2009
I'd have been gutted. Maybe Nathan Jones will go on to become a great manager, but he hasn't shown it yet.
Heard a Stains fan on radio excusing his time at Stoke with "well all good managers have at least 1 club where things don't go well"

flipside is, maybe some managers only have one club where things do go well.
Really pleased for Jones and hope he does well.
I always wondered how we might have done if his caretaker tenure had been confirmed. I suspect the trajectory might not have been so different.

Still a massive risk for Southampton with seemingly limited player resources and still less confidence.

Icy Gull

Back on the rollercoaster
Jul 5, 2003
Obviously Stoke gets mentioned a lot in relation to Jones but as a club they have not done anything since he left. There seems to be a lot more wrong there than just the manager and Jones has bounced back well imo.
I think he might suffer in the same way that GP is, expectations will be high and if he doesn't deliver quickly the fans will be quick to turn on a manager who has won"nothing"

TBH, I don't actually care very much as I never warmed to him, even when he was here. (Jones that is not Potter!!!)


Jan 13, 2010
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I like him and if I was looking at a ceiling of established Championship club as my ambition I’d seriously consider him. Be that for a L2, L1 or lower half Champ team. It seems a bit odd for Southampton but wish him the best of luck (less so them but meh! more than anything negative).


I changed this.
Jul 28, 2011
One can't help but think it's an appointment with one eye on the possibility of Championship football next seaon.

Good luck to him though.

Feb 23, 2009
Brighton factually.....
One can't help but think it's an appointment with one eye on the possibility of Championship football next seaon.

Good luck to him though.
Exactly what my Saints supporting half brother said, he thinks the owners are not willing to invest heavily anymore in the squad and are possibly looking to sell, not sure if that is just rumours or there could be some truth to it.
In which case, Jones is a stop gap and could have been sold a pup.


Jul 7, 2003
It strikes me as a really ODD appointment.

He doesn't have the experience for the job, he doesn't have the connection with the club either, or the pulling power of having been a huge international former star player.

All of that applied to Potter, except that Potter has a definite football philosophy and a degree in emotional intelligence to back it up.

I'm not sure that Jones anything extraordinary about him. He employs a style that is effective in the Championship - aerial, direct, wing-backs, good at set pieces, but at Southampton he has small forwards in Walcott, Adams and Adam Armstrong, and defensive players that are not known for being successful when hitting 50 yard passes.

This smacks of Southampton's board just plumping for a cheap but effective Championship manager. I don't expect them to get anything from the Liverpool game but after that he has us, Forest, Villa and Brentford at home, Fulham, Everton and Wolves away at home. I think he has to get at least 11 points from those 8 games.


Jul 2, 2014
Are Saints in financial trouble that they are needing to go cheap…. Would we have been happy after Potter left to have approached Mr Jones ?
Jones isn’t a cheap option. They had to pay over £4m in compensation to Luton.


Habitual User
Oct 18, 2006
Jones isn’t a cheap option. They had to pay over £4m in compensation to Luton.
He wont get anything like the wages on a 3/4 year deal that a foreign coach would demand, and if they were in a job at present - and the best usually are - they would still have to buy them out.
As an aside does anyone have any idea what Di Zerbe is on ?
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