Former Southampton boss has agreed to take over at Sheffield Wednesday.

Sheffield Wednesday have had a difficult start to the season, failing to win any of their first ten Championship games.

So far this season, they have only picked up two points from draws with Middlesbrough and Leeds United.

This terrible start has put manager Xisco Munoz under severe pressure in recent weeks, and he was ousted as Owls manager on Wednesday night.

Owner Dejphon Chansiri’s next step will be to find a replacement, and the Owls are already being associated with candidates.

Former Southampton and Luton Town manager Nathan Jones is being considered as Wednesday’s next manager, according to the Sheffield Star.

Jones is thought to be ‘open to the notion’ of becoming the new manager, having already been considered in the summer before Munoz was chosen.

Jones was quoted earlier this summer as indicating that he would like to return to management, but only if the proper opportunity presented itself, saying: “As a manager, it consumes you in every aspect of your life when you’re in there.”

“So I’ve had some family time, and I’ve gone on vacation, which I don’t usually get to do.” I’m looking forward to the next challenge. I’m recharged and ready.

“I’m a builder, and I like to build,” he explained. “I like to stay in one place for a long time.” Ironically, I believe that our job is both deep and results-oriented.

“If you look at my previous club [Luton Town], we built a club that wasn’t reliant on just a manager being in place, right through the processes, recruitment, structure, culture, philosophy, everything is in place there and has been for a long, long time.”

“I left twice, but the club kept doing well, so it shows that whatever was built was built on solid foundations.”

Jones has some pedigree at this level, but he’s still a tricky one.

He has four managerial stints, the first at Luton Town, when he led them to League One in 17/18 before moving for Stoke in a disappointing term that saw him sacked.

He then returned to Luton Town in May 2020, assisting them in avoiding relegation from the Championship, before leaving again in November 2022 for then-Premier League side Southampton, only to be sacked in February, with the Saints languishing at the bottom of the table.

While Jones has had some success at this level with Luton Town, bringing them to the play-offs in 21/22. Aside from that, things haven’t gone smoothly.

Jones eventually disintegrated when he went to clubs like Stoke and Southampton, where there was a lot of pressure to perform well.

With Wednesday sitting at the bottom of the Championship, the pressure will almost surely return, however whoever comes in will face a difficult task.


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