Nathan Jones becomes the new manager of League One strugglers Charlton Athletic as they look to try and move away from the drop zone.
The 50 year old was present at The Valley on Saturday afternoon to watch the match between Charlton Athletic and Derby County, with his announcement put on hold.
The Addicks reached an agreement with the former manager of Luton, Stoke, and Southampton boss with the contract needing approval from the League Managers Association, hence the time it took to announce.
Nathan Jones becomes the 33rd permanent manager/head coach of Charlton Athletic since 1921, and the 17th different permanent appointment in the last 17 and a half years since Alan Curbishley departed back in May 2006, as per @CafcFacts.
Nathan Jones is the new #cafc manager – change of title from head coach.
The League One club describe it as “long-term” deal.
Will meet players on Monday. First game is that monster match at Reading next weekend. pic.twitter.com/1YW63KFBGR
— Richard Cawley (@RichCawleySLP) February 4, 2024
Jones’ inaugural game as manager will take place next weekend against Reading, with Paul Hart brought in to assist him.
Charlton currently sit 19th in League One with 31 points form 30 games played, while Reading are 21st with 28 points from 29 games played.
Charlton Athletic are delighted to announce the appointment of Nathan Jones as the men’s first-team’s Manager.
Jones has signed a long-term contract with the club and will meet the Charlton squad for the first time on Monday.
The 50-year-old, who played a vital role in Luton Town’s rise from League Two to the Premier League during two successful spells, returns to the club where he led a team for the first time in 2012.
The Welshman enjoyed a successful campaign as Charlton’s U21s Lead Coach in the 2012/13 season before becoming Brighton & Hove Albion’s Assistant Head Coach.
James Rodwell, Chairman of the Charlton Board, said: “We’re really pleased to appoint Nathan Jones. He is a Manager of real pedigree who has a track record of building successful teams over a period of time.
“We were really impressed with the quality of candidates interested in coming to Charlton. Through our initial research, the in-depth interview process and the references we took, Nathan was the clear stand out. He is a great fit for Charlton given his ability to get his teams playing football on the front foot, with a passion and an intensity. He is an excellent coach, who is tactically savvy and an outstanding developer of talent.
“The ownership group has a long-term focus of bringing success to Charlton Athletic and Nathan will play a key role as we look to take this club to the next level. Initially that will mean improving on our recent form and looking to finish the season as high up the League One table as possible.”
Jones added: “I am extremely excited by the challenge in front of me at Charlton. It is a club that I have fond memories of from my time here and I want to play my part in moving the club forward.
“I have been approached by a number of clubs to get back into management but I have been waiting for the right opportunity. From my conversations with the Board and given the long-term nature of the contract, I can see there is a real appetite to build something here which I am really looking forward to being a part of.”
Supporters will be able to watch Jones’ first interview in his new role across the club’s channels early next week.
You’ve been gone too long… 🎶#cafc
— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) February 4, 2024
We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Nathan Jones as our new Manager 🤝 #cafc
— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) February 4, 2024
This is how fans reacted as Nathan Jones becomes the new manager of League One strugglers Charlton…
@SaintRob__: Good luck lads
@ValleyFloydFred: Unreal appointment.
@BenH93_: Oh yes 😍😍😍 NATHAN JONES’ RED AND WHITE ARMY 🔴⚪️
@GuyJDavies: Nathan Jones, we’re 100% behind you and the boys! Now let’s get out of the mess we’re in. #cafc
@darrell_ben: Good appointment for League 1 level 👍
@ScottIsADud: Well done & thanks to the investors for overseeing and financing this appointment. It’s a massive upgrade on his predecessor.
@frankmcollins: Excited by this appointment, hoping he can galvanise the players and the fans. Huge game next week, we need to get off to a good start.
@GkDevelopment1: Players now need to step up and show desire character commitment & play for the badge show the fans that they want to play for the club. We need to get that winning mentality back great appointment I really believe he can get us playing & winning games again
@fey_jason: Let’s hope the players can step up because so far they have massively underperformed bar May. Good appointment 👏
@HWalters07: Absolutely brilliant appointment, hopefully this is the start of a turnaround for us 👏
@R_JLife: Good luck, give him time. He did wonderful things at Luton in both his spells with us. Seems a good fit, hopefully.
@JasperBeadle: Brightened my Sunday some what! Get in! ❤️🤍 Great news! Top appointment!
@PanameHatter: Great appointment. Give him time and he’ll install a winning culture.
@alexpflynn: Fantastic news, now as fans we must get behind the team, let’s get ourselves out of trouble and build for next year. Make this club your own Nathan!! Up the Addicks!!
@tonka87: Right then. Good luck to NJ. Manager is in place, Window is closed.. now everyone pull together & get us out this f*cking mess. We’re NOT too big too go down & yet we DO have potential to be a sleeping giant. Let’s start with a few pts, then a feel good factor will return.
@DaveSamways1: He’s going to need a lot of luck. The board need to back & supporters of the badge need to back him as well. It may be a bumpy ride ahead but the manager needs to be given the tools in the market. Will be interested who is support team is.
@Liam_MH1: Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
@AlCAFC1905: Long term contract. Let this man build. Not expecting miracles overnight but fair play to the owners on getting him in. He’s a top coach. Absolutely buzzing. Finally we may see some light at the end of tunnel.
@Chris_CAFC: Good luck Nathan, I’ll back you, however if #cafc fans think this will solve the inherent and big problems at the club then I fear there will be a big thump as reality hits & hits hard. A competent person in charge will help on the field, let’s hope off the field doesn’t harm us
@LewisStubbs1302: Wow what an appointment. Let’s hope we get a massive lift now as well up the league and away from the near perilous position we find ourselves in. Also the fact he’s the manager is amazing, no more of this head coach crap with Andy Scott deciding the transfers.
@0190dw: He do a great job for you. Done wonders at my club luton. He get you all pumping. Stick with him. He get you out the mess you are currently in.
@Darwen88: Charlton will fly under NJ. Exciting times ahead. Not a doubt in my mind. He did wonders for Luton and we didn’t have the infrastructure and finance you have.
@groundtrips: Quality manager. He’ll take them up in a couple of seasons if given time. It’s a sad reflection on English football when fans of Championship clubs were turning their noses up at him, did a quality job at Luton.
@collingwood2112: #cafc we’re in real danger of going down to league 2 for the first time in our history, but Nathan Jones is the most exciting managerial appointment I can remember. Our number one target, someone we’ve all heard of for once, with a Charlton connection. Good work @cafc
@SteveWeatheral3: We are having the season from hell and NJ last job didn’t end well but this appointment Is huge and shows the intention from the owner (s) and where they want to take the club. Time for the fans to get behind NJ and give all our support because he’s got his work cut out #cafc