Luton Town suffer blow as Hart departs for Meadow Lane

Luton assistant manager Paul Hart has left the club to join Notts County as technical director.

The 65-year-old is a former Magpies defender, academy coach and caretaker-manager, who also still lives in the city. He leaves Kenilworth Road with immediate effect.

Hart joined the Hatters in May 2016 shortly after Nathan Jones was appointed manager, but will join up with new County boss Harry Kewell, who he has previously worked with whilst part of the Leeds academy twenty years ago.

The switch is part of a change of emphasis by Notts County chairman Alan Hardy, who is looking to inject more knowledge and know-how into the back room staff to support rookie manager Kewell.

County are bottom of League two with just a single point and a strong side suffered defeat against fellow strugglers Grimsby in the Checkatrade Trophy last night.

Hart is an experienced coach and manager, perhaps best known for his spells at Chesterfield and Nottingham Forest, the only two clubs he’s completed a full season as manager of.

Our View

Hart knows the city, the people and the culture. Whilst his own management days are behind him, he has a vast network of contacts and a huge wealth of experience to draw from.

It’s a blow for Luton, that much is for sure, but Nathan Jones will recover.

What impact he has at Notts remains to be seen, but perhaps now they’re set up to push forward. there’s a talented bunch of players at Meadow Lane, but the worry was Kewell’s limited experience as a boss. Perhaps this appointment alleviates some of that worry.

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