Brighton & Hove Albion legend Bobby Zamora tips former team-mate Nathan Jones to achieve further success in his managerial career, after the Welshman departed Luton Town for Stoke City last week.
Jones replaced Gary Rowett at the Bet365 Stadium, ending his three-year spell at Kenilworth Road, which included promotion into Sky Bet League One for the 2018/19 season.
He said, “Nathan was always a very lively character, enthusiastic and loved the game. That was my first impression of him as a player.
“He was coming towards the end of his career when I was with him, and he was talking about coaching back then.
“He’s grasped it with two hands — he’s done a fantastic job so far and fingers crossed it continues for him.
“I speak to him occasionally on the phone and he seems a lot more serious. He’s toned it down in terms of the laughing and joking, but his enthusiasm for the game is still there of course.”
Jones has now managed in every EFL division, and with the objective of getting the Potters back into the Premier League, Zamora backed his former team-mate to continue delivering success.
“Nathan’s taken the only path — unless you’re a big name player, getting an opportunity at a big club is hard to come by.
“He’s certainly going down the right route, proving himself each level and delivering results on the pitch. He changed the club’s fortunes at Luton.
“Stoke are a massive club and if he can prove himself once again, then I think he can step up to the next level.”
Zamora also reflected on his second period playing for the club, which saw Jones on the coaching staff under Chris Hughton, and he believes the Welshman picked up valuable experience ahead of his move into management.
“He gained a wealth of knowledge under Chris, in a great environment at Brighton, which is a well-run club.
“Seeing him work with Chris on the coaching side, it was clear he had the characteristics to be a great manager.”