Unbeaten in their last three games, in their best form for months … but Luton SACK manager Graeme Jones to ease financial pressure on the club amid the corona virus crisis
Championship wrestlers Luton Town have fired manager Graeme Jones and three of his coaching staff because the coronavirus lock bites EFL football.
Luton was in the relegation zone, six points adrift of safety with nine games left when football was stopped last month.
With earnings limited and no restart date in sight, financial pressures are starting to hit some clubs and Jones has been confirmed to leave Kenilworth Road with immediate effect.
Graeme Jones has agreed to leave his role as Luton’s manager as the club cuts costs
His assistant manager Gary Brabin, first team coach Inigo Idiakez and technical goalkeeper coach Imanol Etxeberria have also terminated their contract.
Luton, with one of the smallest budgets in the championship, has blamed the decision on cost savings in an uncertain post-Covid landscape that will echo in junior football.
“Given the current conditions affecting not just football, but the world as a whole, the club is going through an early reorganization to lower its cost base and create efficiency within the football division,” said a spokesman for the club.
Chief recruitment manager and club legend Mick Harford will assume the role on an interim basis as he has done in the past and no applications for the vacant roles will be considered until some of the current uncertainty can be resolved.
Harford guided Luton to League One promotion last season after Nathan Jones retired to become manager of Stoke City.
Graeme Jones arrived in the summer to take up his first leadership role after working with Roberto Martinez in Swansea, Wigan, Everton and Belgium for years.
He introduced his signature attacking style, but failed to lead Luton to a position where they can be safe about their future in the championship.