Luton Town have terminated manager Graeme Jones’ contract by mutual consent. The Hatters say the decision has been taken to “reduce its cost base” and “create efficiencies within the football department” in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis.
Luton Town Part Company With Graeme Jones
Mick Harford to Act as ‘Relationships Manager’
Head of recruitment Mick Harford will act as a “relationships manager” between the board, staff and squad on footballing matters. Club legend Harford guided the club to a League One promotion last season after Nathan Jones left to join Stoke City.
Assistant manager Gary Brabin, first-team coach Inigo Idiakez and technical goalkeeping coach Imanol Etxeberria have also left Kenilworth Road.
A statement on the club website read: “Luton Town have today come to a mutual agreement with Graeme Jones on the termination of his contract as first-team manager.
“Given the current circumstances affecting not only football but the world as whole, the club are taking an early move to restructure in order to reduce its cost base and to create efficiencies within the football department.
“As a result of amicable discussions, Graeme and the board of directors have agreed terms upon which he will leave his role with immediate effect.
“The board would like to place on record their thanks to Graeme for his efforts over the last twelve months. We wish him and his family well during these difficult times for everyone, and in his future career.
“Assistant manager Gary Brabin, first-team coach Inigo Idiakez and technical goalkeeping coach Imanol Etxeberria have also had their contracts terminated with immediate effect. We would like to thank all three for their service to the club and wish them all well for the future.
“When we have more concrete knowledge about the recommencement of the 2019-20 season or the start of 2020/21, we will then reconsider our position with regards to the football management structure. Meanwhile, applications for any of the positions will not be considered or reviewed at this time.
“In the interim period, chief recruitment officer Mick Harford will act as a relationship manager between the board, staff and the playing squad on football matters.
“The club will be making no further comment at this stage as everyone continues to battle with the challenges of the coronavirus.”
Jones leaves Bedfordshire with the Hatters in 23rd place – six points off safety.