Super Eagles star Joe Aribo now has a new manager at Southampton after the club confirmed the appointment of Nathan Jones with Westmeath native Alan Sheehan joining him as a first-team coach at St Mary’s.
Former Luton boss Jones, 49, had been widely expected to take charge after the Saints sacked predecessor Ralph Hasenhuttl on Monday.
Hasenhuttl, who had been appointed in December 2018, was sacked after Sunday’s 4-1 home defeat to Newcastle had left them in the bottom three, with just one win in their last nine league games.
A club statement read: “Southampton is delighted to announce it has appointed Nathan Jones as its new men’s first-team manager.
“The 49-year-old joins from Luton, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract at St Mary’s, where he will also be joined by first-team coaches Chris Cohen and Alan Sheehan.”
The presence of Athlone native Sheehan adds Irish interest to the appointment. The 36-year-old has been a first-team coach with Luton since his retirement from playing earlier this year in January.
Jones, who guided Luton to the Championship play-offs last season, said: “I’m really proud to be given this opportunity.
“I know a lot about the club from back in the days of The Dell, to coming here to St Mary’s, and it’s a wonderful football club.
“A lot of my family are Southampton fans, which doesn’t half help, and I feel really, really proud to be given the opportunity, and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”