Graeme Jones set to stay at West Brom after turning down Luton’s second offer

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Graeme Jones will be staying at Albion after turning down an offer to manage Luton Town.

Graeme Jones, left, and Darren Moore, right. (AMA)

The Hatters returned with a second offer over the weekend for Darren Moore’s No.2, but Jones is happy at the Baggies.

Moore has confirmed that his assistant, who was appointed on the eve of the season, will be staying at The Hawthorns.

“Graeme’s spoken to me and Luton himself and has turned down the offer,” said Albion’s head coach. “As far as we’re concerned the matter has been dealt with and we move on.”

Jones does hold a long-term desire to be a manager in his own right, and Luton are currently second in League One.

But the former Belgium assistant, who helped Roberto Martinez guide the country to third at the World Cup, has unfinished business at the Baggies.

Meanwhile, the Express & Star understands a deal for Giles Barnes is highly unlikely.

Barnes has been training with Albion this month, sparking speculation he could follow Bakary Sako, Tyrone Mears and Wes Hoolahan through the door as a free agent in their 30s.

Moore was vague after the Bolton game when he was asked if Barnes was being considered for a contract.


“Me and Giles go right the way back to Derby when he made his debut,” he said. “He has been training at the club for the last week or so.

"He’s just getting his fitness levels up and it just gives us an opportunity to have a look.”

But the 30-year-old, who played for Albion in the Premier League but has spent the last seven years in MLS, is not expected to be offered a deal.

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.


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