Newell - Why I Stay
Mike Newell still relishes the job ahead of him at Luton Town. He has told www.lutontown.co.uk , the club’s official website, that he never had any intentions of leaving the Hatters to take up the reins at Leicester City.
The Town manager’s decision was confirmed this afternoon by an announcement on the official website.
There has been endless speculation in the media about his future, and it will be with some relief that Town fans receive this news.
In an interview for the club’s registration site www.hattersworld.co.uk, Mike Newell intimated that he was looking forward to continuing the work he has already put in.
“I am really happy here,”
he said, “and that was the major reason for me wanting to stay. There is still a lot that could happen at Luton Town and I would hope to be a part of it when it does happen. What has been achieved in recent seasons has been great for everyone concerned and all of us, including myself, hopes that it can continue.”
He went on, 'There hasn't been a lot of thinking to be done to be honest and never at any stage did I feel I was ever going to leave Luton Town. I did speak to Leicester on several occasions and the club did conduct their business in the right manner. Being an ex-player at Leicester, I know what a good club it is and I felt it would have been rude not to speak to them out of courtesy but never did I go to Leicester with the intentions of leaving Luton.
Job to do
'Without a doubt, I still believe that there is a job to be done here. In the position we are in, I will not give up hope of retaining a play-off place before the end of the season.
'I am really happy here and that was the major reason for me wanting to stay. I am very happy working for a 'proper football club' and I love the players and who I am working with.”
Never offered job
"When I get up in the morning I look forward to coming into work and that is something you can't buy. It would have had to be a real major football club offer to see me leave Luton.
"I want to make it clear that I was never offered any job nor was a contract ever discussed so there was never a decision to make. The only decision I have had to make is the decision that I want to stay with Luton Town."