League Two boss on Aston Villa shortlist to replace Di Matteo - report
By Will Butcher
Luton Town manager Nathan Jones is the latest name to be considered by Aston Villa for the vacant managerial role at Villa Park, according to a report.
Chairman Tony Xia is currently looking for a new manager after axing Roberto Di Matteo on Monday after just 124 days at the helm.
The Daily Mirror claimed on Tuesday afternoon that Luton boss Jones is being considered by Xia, due to the owner of the Midlands giants being unsure about appointing an ex-Birmingham boss in Steve Bruce.
Former Hull boss Bruce remains the favourite to take the job, with the likes of ex-England boss Sam Allardyce, Brentford manager Dean Smith and ex-Villa fan favourite Tim Sherwood also reportedly being considered.
Jones has steered Luton to fourth in League Two and also knocked Villa out of the League Cup with a 3-1 win in the first round.
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Jones, 43, was made manager at Kenilworth Road in January 2016, and hit the ground running by masterminding an impressive first season back in the Football League as the Hatters finished 11th.
Taking charge of 35 games, Jones has won more than half with 18 wins, losing just 11 games.
This season, the former Brighton and Yeovil defender has masterminded Luton’s quick domestic start as they sit in fourth position after 11 games.
In other Aston Villa news, fans have reacted on Twitter to another manager being rumoured to succeeding Di Matteo.