Luton Town part company with boss Graeme Jones

Luton Town have parted company with boss Graeme Jones, the Championship club have announced.

The Hatters say Jones' contract was mutually terminated as part of an early move to restructure and "reduce their cost base".

The club have also confirmed they won't consider any applications to replace him until they know more about when football is likely to return.

Chief recruitment officer Mick Harford will act as a 'relationship manager" between the board, staff and the playing squad for the time being.

Luton Town are 23rd in the Championship. Credit: PA

Jones was appointed in May last year following the Hatters' promotion to the Championship.

Before football was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, Luton were 23rd in the Championship and six points from safety.

Assistant manager Gary Brabin, first-team coach Iñigo Idiakez and technical goalkeeping coach Imanol Etxeberria have also left Kenilworth Road with immediate effect.

"Given the current circumstances affecting not only football but the world as whole, the Club are taking an early move to restructure in order to reduce its cost base and to create efficiencies within the football department," a statement read.

"As a result of amicable discussions, Graeme and the board of directors have agreed terms upon which he will leave his role with immediate effect.

"The board would like to place on record their thanks to Graeme for his efforts over the last twelve months. We wish him and his family well during these difficult times for everyone, and in his future career.

"When we have more concrete knowledge about the recommencement of the 2019-20 season or the start of 2020-21, we will then reconsider our position with regards to the football management structure."