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  • Writer's pictureBilly Mulley

Luton Town confirm Rob Edwards' appointment - The new era begins

Luton Town have completed their search for Nathan Jones' successor and have confirmed the appointment of 39-year-old Rob Edwards.

The Hatters were dealt a huge blow when it had surfaced that Jones was heading to Southampton, with the Welshman taking Chris Cohen and Alan Sheehan with him.

With plenty of candidates linked with the vacancy at Kenilworth Road, including the likes of Neil Critchley, Bournemouth's Gary O'Neil and Northampton Town boss Jon Brady, it is the former Watford manager who has been tasked with leading amidst a new era in Bedfordshire.

Currently sitting 10th in the Championship during this international break, the Hatters are a mere point outside of the play-off positions, with the second tier proving to be as close and as competitive as it has been in recent years.

Drawing the highest number of games in the division thus far, converting a point into three will be something that new boss Edwards will be striving to achieve on a consistent basis.

A good fit?

The former Watford boss saw success with Forest Green in League 2 during the 2021/22 campaign, and there can be parallels drawn between the team he had at his disposal then and the squad he is now inheriting at Luton.

Edwards deployed a 3-4-1-2 formation whilst guiding the Gloucestershire club to fourth-tier glory, placing a high emphasis on the wing-back supporting the play and creating.

Likely to bring over Richie Kyle as his assistant, the new Luton boss has previously spoken about the excellent work he does and that he particularly thrives when it comes to off-the-ball work.

With the Hatters being a side under Jones who caused havoc when pressing and proved to be an organised defensive unit amidst continuous injury concerns, this is something that should ease the transition for Kyle.

Immediate future?

Edwards will now have time to settle in during this World Cup break and will be starting to assess his options with a clash against Middlesbrough in mid-December in mind.

Of course, Tom Lockyer and Ethan Horvath are out representing Wales and the USA respectively during the World Cup, whilst there are still several individuals out injured, but largely, Edwards will be hoping to get to work straight away.

Time will need to be afforded to the 39-year-old as he acclimatises to a job that is completely different from the one he held down the M1.

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