Nathan Jones grateful for support from the Stoke City board amid crisis
Stoke City manager Nathan Jones has said that he is grateful that the board have backed him during a difficult period for the side. The 46-year-old joined the Potters as their new head coach from Luton in January this year but he has since guided the team to just three wins from 27 games in the Championship.
At present, the Staffordshire outfit are right at the bottom with just one point from the opening seven matches of the 2019/2020 season but the hierarchy are yet to yield the axe on the ex-Luton boss. Speaking in a press conference, Jones appreciated the support from the club’s owners but admitted that he can’t rely on the same, should the club’s poor run of form continue.
He told: “The owners have been brilliant and backed me in everything. We knew what we had to do and they have never once said `you cannot do that.’ They’ve always tried to find a way and they are the best owners I’ve ever seen. So I think we are in a good place squad wise, but this is a results business and that’s the only thing that’s letting us down because the club is a better club now.”
Stoke have one of the best squads in the Championship and there are players such as Nathan Collins attracting interest from the Premier League. As a result, the club need to turn their fortunes around sooner rather than later and it remains to be seen whether Jones can guide the team to the maiden league triumph of the season when they face Brentford on the road. Thereafter, the club have a League Cup third round tie at Crawley Town and it is unclear Jones will remain at the helm, should the Potters fail to pick up points at Griffin Park over the weekend.