Stoke not planning to sack manager Nathan Jones before next game

Chris Daniels
September 25, 2019
Stoke not planning to sack manager Nathan Jones before next game | Football News

Stoke City have no plans to sack manager Nathan Jones before Friday night's game against Nottingham Forest, Sky Sports News understands.

Jones made 10 changes to Stoke's starting line-up on Tuesday night, and saw his team knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of League Two Crawley Town.

Stoke sit second bottom of the Championship and have yet to record a league win this season.

Jones left Luton for Stoke in January, but since then he has won just four of 32 games at his new club.

The patience of the Stoke board is believed to be wearing thin, but they are trying to avoid changing manager again – Jones is Stoke's third manager since Mark Hughes left 20 months ago.

Nathan Jones is the third Stoke manager since Mark Hughes left less than two years ago

Sky Sports News has been told Jones himself feels the game at home to Forest on Friday night – live on Sky Sports Football – is crucial for his Stoke future.

After Tuesday night's defeat, he questioned the desire and commitment of his players.

“That's as bad a performance as I've had since I've been a manager and I include all my time at Luton Town and all my time since I've been here,” he told the club's website.

“I know one or two haven't played as much recently but we were nowhere near in terms of desire, work rate and our reading of the game was very poor.”

He added: “I don't think we really controlled any part of the game and we didn't get anywhere near them.

“Physically we didn't compete with them which was very disappointing. We have good athletes in our team to have done something in terms of that but I just thought we were poor all over.”

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