Nathan Jones admits he would have taken a unique strategy had been he to have had his time once more at Southampton, on the day the membership had 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 in opposition to 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, along with his sole victory coming in opposition to Everton in January.
Chatting with 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 all the time do. I needed to go there and achieve success. That wasn’t the case, and if you happen to’re not profitable it is essential that you just study.
“I’ve mirrored on my time and checked out issues I might’ve carried out in a different 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 substitute Ruben Selles was unable to arrest the slide regardless of profitable two of his opening three video games.
The defeat to Fulham was Saints’ seventh in eight video games, extending their winless run to 11 matches which has finally 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 might’ve stored bettering the workforce due to the work we do. I consider within the work we do however it’s troublesome to say as the very last thing I need is one other headline.”
What would Jones have carried out in a different 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 fantastic membership and I felt I had the belief of the homeowners.
“I simply want I might’ve purchased myself a bit extra time with a purpose to implement what I needed to and what they needed me to implement.
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 workforce 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 because of fan stress, which did little to enhance his reputation among the many Southampton devoted.
So was the step-up to the Premier League completely different to what he thought it will be?
“I went in there with my eyes vast 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 extremely tactical too and there is high quality so I would not say in that regard it is any completely different.
“Typically, you’re taking slightly little bit of time to adapt however whereas there are particular issues I might’ve carried out in a different way, I loved my time.”
After the Brentford defeat, Jones had claimed he was “statistically” one in all Europe’s greatest managers when he was at Luton City however that he could have gotten carried away whereas coping with Premier League gamers.
The Welshman was all the time 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 trustworthy strategy.
“I believe you must 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.
“Undoubtedly what I stated was misconstrued. I’ve all the time accepted accountability and have by no means hung a participant out to dry. However I’ve discovered from that.
“I wanted my workforce to be higher [against Brentford] and I did not see my workforce on that day. I am now wanting ahead to the following problem.”