Former Watford Man Seals New Deal With Championship Rivals

Luton Town manager Rob Edwards has signed a new contract at Kenilworth Road as the club return to the Championship following relegation from the Premier League, a statement on their official site confirmed.

Former Wales defender Edwards’ new deal in Bedfordshire runs until 2028 with the Hatters clearly trusting the 41-year-old to deliver an instant return to the top flight as well as build longer-term success.

Telford-born Edwards, who has previously managed Forest Green Rovers to the League Two title in 2020-21 as well as a short-lived spell at Luton’s rivals Watford in 2022,  won plaudits throughout football last season as Luton finished 18th in their debut campaign in the Premier League, failing to escape relegation despite earning praise for the club’s style of play and actions off the field.

The Luton boss was lauded by many for his leadership in the wake of captain Tom Lockyer’s cardiac arrest against Bournemouth in December 2023, supporting emergency services as they treated the Welshman.

Upon signing the deal, Edwards said “I’m really pleased. It’s been the best 18 months of my professional career, we’ve had so much fun. There’s been ups and, let’s be honest, downs too. But I feel really excited to extend our stay.

“It was never in doubt, but it’s great that we are all on the same page here and we know where we want to be now we’ve all had a taste of it.”

As well as having EFL experience in his short managerial career, the ex-Aston Villa defender accumulated 178 Football League appearances in his own playing days, with spells at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackpool and Barnsley amongst others.

The news is a welcome boost for Hatters fans going into the new season as the club look to bounce back from relegation with a strong squad in what looks like a weak Championship this term. With demotion to the second tier often bringing upheaval, this is a sign of trust from the Luton hierarchy that they believe he is the right man to return them to the top table of English football.

Writers’ view

This new deal isn’t a surprise, but it’s great news for Luton nonetheless. Despite relegation they held their own in the Premier League, and keeping their manager ensures stability at the club as they look to bounce back immediately, with the Welshman having built a strong which many tip to be there or thereabouts come the end of the next campaign.

Alongside the obvious on-field positives, Edwards has made himself a legend at Kenilworth Road by returning the club to the top-flight and leading the club through difficult times with Tom Lockyer’s health issues, so this new deal will be received well by fans.

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