Luton Town boss Nathan Jones lined up by Stoke City

Luton Town boss Nathan Jones lined up by Stoke City as replacement for sacked manager Gary Rowett

  • Stoke City are searching for a new manager after sacking Gary Rowett  
  • The Potters board have drawn up a list of candidates for the vacant position
  • They are interested in 45-year-old Luton Town manager Nathan Jones

Laurie Whitwell for the Daily Mail

David Moyes is also a contender but there are doubts over whether he would accept a role in the Championship. Moyes knows Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes from working together at Preston but rejected the job last season. 

Lee Johnson impressed Stoke hierarchy with the way his Bristol City side won 2-0 at the bet365 Stadium and could also come under consideration. Slavisa Jokanovic was invited for interview but the former Fulham manager turned down an approach.

Jokanovic, who has been on a break in Serbia, is eager to take up another role and is under no contraints from the terms he agreed on leaving the Craven Cottage club.

City may try to convince Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder to leave his boyhood club

City may try to convince Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder to leave his boyhood club

The 50-year-old won promotion from the Championship with Watford in 2015 and last season with Fulham, playing attractive football.

Those factors appealed to Stoke but Jokanovic did not feel they were the right club for him to resume his career at this time. 

Wilder and Jones also have connections to the Stoke hierarchy through technical director Mark Cartwright. Wilder was with Cartwright at Halifax and played alongside Jones at Brighton. Irrespective of that both managers have excellent credentials as positive British managers.

Wilder, 51, impressed at Oxford and Northampton before taking his hometown club back into the second tier. He encourages a high-energy approach and has United in contention for the Premier League again despite having to balance the books. Jones, 45, instills an attacking style at Luton that has brought one promotion and could lead to another.

Gary Rowett was sacked as Stoke City manager on Tuesday morning 

Gary Rowett was sacked as Stoke City manager on Tuesday morning 

It remains to be seen whether Stoke can lure either from their current positions but it is believed work has begun to explore those possibilities. 

The board sacked Rowett on Tuesday, only eight months after recruiting him from Derby at a cost of £2million. Scholes and Johns Coates informed Rowett at the training ground, acting amid fan unrest and with promotion slipping from sight.

Stoke believe the squad is one of the best in the Championship but the side are eight points of the play-offs and lost 2-0 at home to Bristol City before drawing 1-1 at Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.

Rowett has paid the price for being unable to reinvigorate results for a team that was relegated to a backdrop of disputes. There has been scrutiny on Cartwright for a number of failed signings.

Peter Crouch equalises for Stoke at Shrewsbury, but it isn't enough to save manager Rowett

Peter Crouch equalises for Stoke at Shrewsbury, but it isn’t enough to save manager Rowett

Rowett experienced frustrations in shaping his team, with eight players expressing a desire to leave in the summer, and some transfer targets were met with resistance. The balance of the squad after signings made by Mark Hughes and Paul Lambert was a significant issue.

But Stoke did make a net spend of some £35million and were able to keep hold of Joe Allen and Jack Butland, so returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking was seen as essential.

Although Rowett had kept the players onside, supporters had turned and Stoke’s hierarchy felt a change was necessary to try to revive a promotion bid.

A club statement read: ‘A new managerial appointment will be made as swiftly as possible but in the meantime Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy will take charge of first-team affairs.’


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