Nathan Jones admits he would have taken a special method have been he to have had his time once more at Southampton, on the day the membership have been relegated from the Premier League.
After a sorry season that has seen them occupy one of many relegation spots since November 5, their twelfth house defeat of the season towards Fulham meant they are going to be taking part in within the second tier subsequent season.
Again in February, the south coast membership parted firm with Jones simply three months into his first managerial place at a Premier League membership.
The previous Luton boss took over from Ralph Hasenhuttl in November, shortly earlier than the league paused for the Qatar World Cup.
Jones had guided Saints to the Carabao Cup semi-finals and the FA Cup fifth spherical, however misplaced seven of his eight Premier League video games in cost, together with his sole victory coming towards Everton in January.
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Talking to Sky Sports activities on the identical day Southampton’s relegation to the Sky Guess Championship was confirmed, Jones stated: “I’ve had a variety of time to mirror, as I at all times do. I needed to go there and achieve success. That wasn’t the case, and if you happen to’re not profitable it is necessary that you simply study.
“I’ve mirrored on my time and checked out issues I’d’ve completed in another way. It is a kind of issues and it has been a giant studying curve for me.”
Jones left Southampton backside of the desk, with 15 factors from 22 video games, however his alternative Ruben Selles was unable to arrest the slide regardless of profitable two of his opening three video games.
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The defeat to Fulham was Saints’ seventh in eight video games, extending their winless run to 11 matches which has in the end ended with a primary top-flight relegation since 2005.
When requested if he feels he would’ve stored Southampton up, the 49-year-old remarked: “No matter I reply, I really feel that is a little bit of a loaded query.
“All I do know is that had I received the outcomes, I’d’ve stored enhancing the crew due to the work we do. I consider within the work we do however it’s tough to say as the very last thing I would like is one other headline.”
What would Jones have completed in another way?
“There are a variety of issues – I would not wish to go into them now, however definitely issues after I first arrived. It is a great membership and I felt I had the belief of the house owners.
“I simply want I may’ve purchased myself a bit extra time with a view to implement what I needed to and what they needed me to implement.
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Jones took full accountability for the membership’s dire performances within the Premier League, days after he stated he had not put his stamp on the crew and pandered to his gamers.
Following a 3-0 loss at Brentford, Jones stated in a post-match interview that he had compromised on his fashion of administration attributable to fan stress, which did little to enhance his recognition among the many Southampton trustworthy.
So was the step-up to the Premier League completely different to what he thought it might be?
“I went in there with my eyes broad open,” Jones continued. “The Championship is a extremely robust, actually aggressive, actually tactical league.
“You step up, and the Premier League is completely different. It is rather tactical too and there is high quality so I would not say in that regard it is any completely different.
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“Generally, you are taking slightly little bit of time to adapt however whereas there are specific issues I’d’ve completed in another way, I loved my time.”
After the Brentford defeat, Jones had claimed he was “statistically” one in every of Europe’s finest managers when he was at Luton City however that he could have gotten carried away whereas coping with Premier League gamers.
The Welshman was at all times able to face the music – proper up till his dismissal – and his honesty could have been a part of his undoing.
Jones admitted regretting his phrases after the defeat on the Gtech Neighborhood Stadium, nonetheless, says he wouldn’t change his sincere method.
“I believe it’s important to be genuine,” he stated. “As an individual and as a supervisor – that’s me. I believe there was maybe just one interview that was ill-timed.
“Positively what I stated was misconstrued. I’ve at all times accepted accountability and have by no means hung a participant out to dry. However I’ve discovered from that.
“I wanted my crew to be higher [against Brentford] and I did not see my crew on that day. I am now wanting ahead to the following problem.”