Former Yeovil Town defender and coach Nathan Jones has been speaking to the Best Eleven Podcast, which is a predominently Luton Town based chat with former Luton player Marvin Johnson and presenter Andrew McMellon.

In the chat, the Welshman is asked to put together the best XI he has ever played competivley with as well as chatting about his playing and coaching career.

He lists for former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Mason in his all time XI claiming he was the “best young players I’ve ever worked with” 

The ex-Brighton full backs talks about all the former Glovers loanees who have since had international honours.

“The amount of England internationals that made their debut for Yeovil Town, you would not believe… there was a few more, Steven Caulker made his debut in league football at Yeovil, so did Andros Townsend, so did Ryan Mason – all three went on to play for England – Alex McCarthy made his debut from Reading at Yeovil”

“We (Yeovil) had to go and take players at their youngest, because of the budget, because of the location, we couldn’t go and get experienced players – so we started to have a philosophy – we had to get them early before anyone knew about them”

“We took Luke Ayling, Luke Freeman, Asmir Begovic – all played and made their league debut for Yeovil Town”

Looking back on his time at Huish Park, Jones talks about how establishing the Glovers as a consitent League One side was an incredible achievement.

“We were League One at the time, surviving at League One level – but then we established ourselves in mid table on the lowest budget in the league, but playing young players – and the record they produced, it continues with Tom Lawrence, Shane Duffy, that have gone on to play for their countries too”

Aside from Mason, Jones says that both Chris Cohen and Marcus Stewart narrowly missed out on his all time XI after they crossed paths at Huish Park – Cohen is now embarking on coaching alongside Jones at Luton where he is the Assistant Manager whilst Jones recalls how the Glovers ended up with Stewart as his time at Bristol City was coming to an end.

“We got him by default, he wanted to leave (Bristol City), they paid big money for him and he fell out with Gary Johnson, he was a Bristol boy, wanted to live in Bristol and we were just the next club local”

“We took him on loan and eventually signed him… what a player – I loved playing with him”

There was also a tale about a post-training session fight and how Jones ended up playing cupid for Stewart and his wife – but we will let you listen to the podcast for that!

As current Luton Town boss, the link between Jones and Yeovil remains strong with the loan deal of Josh Neufville last season.

We here at the Gloverscast are fully paid up, card carrying members of the Nathan Jones fan club and we would encourage any YTFC fans to listen to the podcast in full, click HERE to see who makes his best XI and follow My Best Eleven on Twitter HERE


NEW EPISODE: Nathan Jones (Current @LutonTown manager)

He talks through his playing career and managerial career so far!

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