Manchester Giants coach Jeff Jones steps down

Jeff Jones
Jeff Jones took over for his second spell in charge of Manchester Giants in 2012

Jeff Jones has stepped down as head coach of British Basketball League side Manchester Giants.

The 60-year-old was in his second spell in charge of Giants and his side just missed out on a play-off spot this season after a ninth-placed finish.

He has left to focus on work with Manchester's National Basketball Centre, which opens later this year.

"The development of British talent has been a priority for me since I came to this country," said Jones.

"The development of the club and the growth in junior participation is gaining momentum and will continue to expand.

"With the opening of the National Centre in Manchester, the future is very positive and provides an opportunity to continue that player development pathway."

Jones will also continue his directorships of Basketball England and the British Basketball Federation.

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