Ex-Southampton boss Jones pulls out of running for Rotherham job

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

4th Dec, 2023 | 1:17pm

Sources: Ex-Southampton boss Nathan Jones pulls out of running for Rotherham job

Former Southampton boss Nathan Jones has ruled himself out of the running to be the next Rotherham manager after changing his mind on accepting the job, sources have told Football Insider.

The Millers have been without a permanent manager since Matt Taylor was sacked on 13 November.

Jones had looked set to take over at the South Yorkshire outfit after being spotted watching them in action against Birmingham at St Andrews’ on Saturday (2 December).

But he has now pulled out of the running for the role despite being offered the chance to succeed Taylor at the New York Stadium.

Jones has been without a job since being sacked by Southampton in February.

He was appointed by the then-Premier League club in November 2022 but managed just one league win in eight matches and is the shortest-serving non-caretaker manager in Saints history.

The most successful spells of the Welshman’s managerial career came with Luton Town.

He joined the Hatters for the first time in 2016 and achieved promotion from League Two to the third tier, before leaving with the club second in the table in January 2019.

Jones joined Stoke City but lasted just 11 months at the club, winning just six of his 35 games in charge.

He returned to Luton in 2020 and led them to the play-off semi-finals in the 2021-22 campaign to win the Championship Manager of the Season award.

Rotherham sit 23rd in the Championship after avoiding relegation with a 19th-place finish last term.

The Millers, who are currently being managed by interim boss Wayne Carlisle, are next in action against Swansea on Saturday (9 December).

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