Pundit can't believe Nathan Jones reveal at Southampton as details emerge - 'this could turn sour'
Noel Whelan has warned Nathan Jones’ Southampton appointment could “turn sour very quickly” if he can’t hit the ground running.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 49-year-old’s appointment won’t “excite” the St Mary’s faithful after his failure at Stoke City in 2019.
Football Insider revealed on Monday (7 November) that Southampton are confident of appointing Luton Town boss Jones as their new manager before their trip to Liverpool on Saturday (12 November).
The south coast club have lost eight of their opening 14 games this term and sit inside the bottom three – one point adrift of safety.
Jones’ only spell away from Luton came at Stoke City in 2019 – where he lost 18 of his 38 games in charge and picked up an average of 0.89 points per match.
Whelan warned the incoming boss that his youthful new squad is “not in a good place right now mentally” after a tricky start to the season.
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When asked if Jones’ appointment is a risk for the Saints, he told Football Insider: “It is.
“It’s a completely different beast to Luton.
“They’re not in a good place right now, mentally – and they’re just lingering football-wise at the moment.
“Yes, he’s done a fantastic job with Luton – but he’s failed already at Stoke, a bigger club.
“I would have thought that the Southampton board would have been looking for someone with a bit more experience in the top league.
“But it seems like they’ve had him in mind for quite some time now.
“There’s going to be so much pressure on his shoulders. I can’t imagine it’s going to excite the fans, but they’ve got to give him the opportunity to work some magic.
“But he’s got to hit the ground running. If he doesn’t – it will turn sour very quickly.”