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Official: Nathan Jones appointed Stoke City manager

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Stoke City have announced that Nathan Jones will replace Gary Rowett as their new first-team manager

The Potters fired Rowett on Tuesday after a run of three wins in their last 14 Championship games dropped them down to 14th-place in the table.

Now Jones has left his role at English third division side Luton Town to take charge of Stoke as they look to cut down the eight-point gap to sixth-place Derby County in the final playoff spot for promotion.

“Nathan is an incredibly driven and passionate individual and we are delighted to have secured his services for Stoke City,” Stoke owners John Coates and Peter Coates told the club website.

“We have been following Nathan’s career for some time and when we met him were hugely impressed with his clear vision as to how he will achieve success at Stoke.”

Jones, who is Stoke’s fourth coach in 12 months, was the manager of Luton since 2016 and had previously worked as an assistant at Brighton.

The 45-year-old’s first game in charge will be against Brentford on Saturday.