Nathan Jones recently disclosed that he engaged in tentative discussions about the Charlton Athletic managerial position in..

Nathan Jones recently disclosed that he engaged in “tentative” discussions about the Charlton Athletic managerial position in September. However, at that time, he felt the timing wasn’t right for a return to SE7. Over the weekend, the 50-year-old Welshman was appointed as Charlton’s new manager, marking the second managerial change at the Valley this season. Dean Holden was dismissed in August, and Michael Appleton took over the following month.

Jones was also one of the final two candidates in Millwall’s search for Gary Rowett’s successor, but Joe Edwards was ultimately chosen. Reflecting on his journey, Jones explained, “I had a tentative conversation back in September, but it wasn’t the right time for everything.” After taking a break following his tenure at Southampton, Jones spent time with his family and pursued personal activities he hadn’t had the chance to do before.

About his decision to join Charlton, Jones emphasized the club’s significance to him and acknowledged its current challenges. Despite considering various opportunities, including offers from Championship clubs, abroad, and other League One teams, he felt a strong connection with Charlton. Jones had extensive discussions with the owners to ensure their commitment to long-term success and shared goals for the club’s growth.

Addressing the managerial title, Jones clarified that it was not solely his decision. Charlton expressed their vision for the club’s evolution and the specific changes they wanted, including the driving force behind recruitment and the overall environment. Jones welcomed the managerial role, emphasizing the added responsibility compared to a traditional head coach, particularly in aspects like recruitment and shaping the club’s direction.

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