Former West Brom assistant Graeme Jones named Luton boss
Graeme Jones has been confirmed as Luton Town boss, setting up a potential return to The Hawthorns next season.
Darren Moore’s assistant, who was sacked alongside the head coach in March, agreed to take over the Hatters in the summer while he was still at Albion.
Luton’s promotion to the Championship was confirmed in midweek ahead of their final game of the season this Saturday.
Jones will take over as Luton’s new boss next week and if the Baggies do not win promotion via the play-offs, he could bring his side to The Hawthorns next season.
Luton caretaker Mick Harford confirmed this week: “We have a new manager coming in when the season ends.
“I’ve been part of the process in recruiting the new manager, I know the guy who’s coming in.”
It is the first managerial position of Jones’s career following 12 years as an assistant.
Jones was Roberto Martinez’s No.2 at Swansea City, Wigan Athletic, Everton and Belgium before joining the Baggies on the eve of this season.
He told the Express & Star at the time he had aspirations of being a manager.
“Darren’s the only person I’d be an assistant to now,” he said. “That’s how much I value Darren.”
During his time at Albion, there were concerns among the hierarchy that Jones was having too much say with the team appearing to mirror his Belgium side.
The board were also unhappy Jones had agreed to leave the Baggies for Luton at the end of the season while the club was embroiled in a promotion push.
Jones was sacked alongside Moore on March 9 with fellow assistant head coach Wayne Jacobs.
Moore has since held talks with Queens Park Rangers over their vacant head coach role.