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The 42-year-old man­age­rial rookie was ap­pointed on Fri­day and re­places pro­mo­tion-win­ning man­ager John Still, who was sacked af­ter a run of one win in eight games.


Jones spent two years play­ing in Spain and has since coached un­der Gus Poyet, Os­car Gar­cia and Chris Hughton at the Amex.

And Mack­ail-Smith, who worked un­der the Welsh­man at Brighton be­fore join­ing Lu­ton in the sum­mer, HARTLE­POOL United fans can ex­pect to see some Fin­nish play­ers head­ing their way af­ter the club linked up with FC Lahti.

Pools chair­man Gary Cox­all, man­ager Ron­nie Moore and chief ex­ec­u­tive Russ Green vis­ited of­fi­cials from the top-flight Fin­nish club late last year.

“It’s a very com­pet­i­tive league in Fin­land and we think play­ing in it could be very ben­e­fi­cial for some of our younger play­ers,” said Green.

FC Lahti man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tomi Honke­nen added:“We’re very in­ter­ested in the link with Hartle­pool United – we play sum­mer­time foot­ball and Hartle­pool play win­ter­time so it’s a good fit in terms of play­ers go­ing in both di­rec­tions.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

ROAR TAL­ENT: New Lu­ton Town boss Nathan Jones and, in­set, Craig Mack­ail-Smith

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