Date: 7th January 2016 at 12:14pm
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Not necessarily something I disagree with but these are the views of former Brighton defender Adam Virgo, and former teammate of Nathan Jones too, following his first foray into management in his own right with him confirmed as Luton boss on Wednesday.

Jones has been destined to ‘become the boss’ for a while now with him finally leaving Albion to get his chance with League 2 side Luton on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

The 42-year-old has been viewed, by many, as a future successor to Chris Hughton (who most will hope remains in place for some time yet) with Virgo telling the Argus he feels Jones has the qualities needed to be successful with him backed to return to the Amex Stadium again in the future, providing he enjoys success with the Hatters.

‘Nathan is very much a person who can lift you. He can make you realise you are a better player than you have been showing. He is big on fitness. He was the first player I can remember who, when I was leaving the training pitch, would call you back to do a bit more. Of course the move is a risk but it’s also an exciting time. He speaks a lot of sense, he is very passionate and he has got good players at Luton. They are struggling a bit for form but they just a need a bit of TLC, if you like. It will have tugged at his heart strings to leave Brighton. I would never rule out him being manager back here one day if things go well for him.’

There’s no doubting whatsoever Jones wouldn’t have found it easy to leave Brighton but the time was right for him and few would begrudge him this chance and certainly wish him well, with Hughton himself did, saying.

‘The club has been aware of Nathan’s ambition to become a manager for some time and we all would like to wish him well in his new role.’

With chairman Tony Bloom adding.

‘We understand that this is an opportunity he feels he must take to progress his career. On behalf of all at the club, I would like to thank him for his efforts and wish him very well for the future.’

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