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The current manager at Stoke City is Nathan Jones. Jones was born in Blaerhondda, Wales in 1973. Before becoming a manager, Jones enjoyed a healthy playing career which spanned over two decades before he retired in 2012. During this time, Jones turned out for ten different clubs in three countries: England, Wales and Spain.

Jones was predominantly employed as a midfielder but he was known for his versatility and could be relied upon to play in defence as well. He began his fledgeling career in Wales with Cardiff City where he would play in the youth setup. Unfortunately for Jones, he was unable to make the cut with the Welsh side and was let go in 1991 at the age of 18.

Following this disappointment, Jones decided to try his luck in the lower leagues; he played for Maesteg Park for a season before spending another campaign at nearby Ton Pentre. He would spend two seasons at Merthyr Tydfil where he would impress enough to earn himself a move to Luton town in 1995.

His time at Luton was not as he expected, however. He was unable to make the impact he had intended and failed to make a first-team appearance in his stint at the club. He, therefore, decided to take something of a left-field move and switch England for Spain. In the summer of 1995, he would sign for Bajajoz who played in the Segunda División at the time, the Spanish equivalent of the Championship. His year at Badajoz was, at the time, the best of his career - although the side narrowly missed out on promotion to Spain's top flight, Jones would prove that he was able to play to a high standard.

He decided to stay in Spain for the following season but, instead of staying on with Badajoz, decided to take a position with Numancia. Numancia played in a lower division that Badajoz at the time but clearly Jones wanted to play a more prominent role than he had been doing at his former employers. Again. he would spend just one season with the club - it was a successful one, Numancia were able to gain promotion to the Segunda with the help of Jones' midfield exploits.

Despite having thoroughly enjoyed his time in Spain, Jones decided it would be best for him and his family to settle back in England at the end of the 1996/97 season. Southend was his eventual destination. The club would prove to be the most permanent base of Jones' career up until that point. He would make just shy of a century of appearances for the club, scoring twice. In three years, Jones was a first-team regular and, in this sense, his stint was a good one. It ended in disappointment however as his side would be relegated following goalkeeper Jimmy Glass's now-iconic goal for Carlisle United.

The latter years of his career were definitely the best. Jones moved to Brighton and Hove Albion at the turn of the century, the club where he would go on to make 159 appearances and achieve three promotions, two as champions. As the Seagull's began to become an established Championship team however, Jones began to find his first-team opportunities limited. He decided, therefore, to take a step down on the ladder of the Football League and join Yeovil Town who played in League One.

Yeovil turned out to be his last club as well as the one for whom he played the most football. He turned out 185 times for the side. Each season with the club was spent in League One.

Following his retirement in 2012, Jones made the switch to the coaching side of the game. He held youth positions at Charlton Athletic before moving to Brighton and Hove Albion once more, this time as an assistant manager and briefly as caretaker manager.

His first senior management position was with Luton Town where he would be phenomenally successful. He would get the side promoted from League Two as runners up and put the building blocks in place for the club's eventual promotion to the Championship six months after his departure.

In January of 2019, Jones was made manager of Stoke City, the club where he remains in charge in the build-up to the 2019/20 season. He replaced Gary Rowett who was unable to deliver the kind of success expected by the board - the club were favourites to win the division at the time of hip appointment but ended up faltering significantly. The Potters' fans will be hoping that Jones can deliver where Rowett could not.


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