Mick Harford takes charge of Luton Town for Sunderland game
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 10/01/19 3:55pm
Mick Harford will take charge of Luton for Saturday's game with Sunderland after Nathan Jones left to join Stoke on Wednesday.
🔝🎩 BIG MICK'S BACK! We are delighted to announce that Luton Town legend - and self-confessed Mackem - @Mickharford will be in charge of the Hatters as interim manager for Saturday's huge clash at his hometown club @SunderlandAFC! #COYH— Luton Town FC (@LutonTown) January 10, 2019
Luton's chief recruitment officer Harford now has the task of continuing an unbeaten run that extends to 16 matches in the league and FA Cup and will lead the side against his hometown club, who are one place and one point below their opponents in the table.
Harford previously managed Luton between January 2008 and October 2009, leading them to victory over Scunthorpe in the EFL Trophy shortly before they were relegated to the National League.
The Hatters have also confirmed that first-team coach Joaquin Gomez and head of sports science Jared Roberts-Smith have left Kenilworth Road to join Jones at Stoke.
Assistant manager Steve Rutter and goalkeeping coach Kevin Dearden are staying with Luton.
"We are delighted to announce that Luton Town legend Mick Harford - and self-confessed Mackem - will lead the team into Saturday's huge Sky Bet League One clash at his boyhood club Sunderland as interim manager," the club said in a statement.
TWO MORE DEPARTURES | We can confirm that first-team coach Joaquin Gomez and head of sports science Jared-Roberts Smith have left Kenilworth Road to join Nathan Jones at Stoke. We thank both men for their service and wish them well for the future #COYH— Luton Town FC (@LutonTown) January 10, 2019
"Our 59-year-old former player, coach and manager, who has fulfilled a vital job for the last three years in helping build the Hatters' squad in his current role as chief recruitment officer, will prepare the players for the second v third game, with Steve Rutter continuing in his role as assistant manager.
"Mick, who masterminded one of the club's finest moments in his previous role as manager when winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley in 2009, will have the backing of 3,000 Hatters behind him for what is sure to be a proud moment as he takes the team he loves to his hometown club.
"Mick played for Sunderland in the 1992-93 season, but they were still at Roker Park then so Saturday will be his first game at the Stadium of Light as player or manager - and what an occasion it promises to be with so many Town fans showing their usual phenomenal support!"