Luton Town keen to keep Gary Brabin as boss

Luton Town chairman Nick Owen is hopeful Gary Brabin will remain as manager next season.

Brabin was initially handed the job until the end of the campaign after replacing Richard Money in March  .

The former Cambridge boss led the Hatters to the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final, which they lost to AFC Wimbledon on penalties  .

"We want Gary to stay. I think he's done a very good job in a short time," Owen told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"He's got tremendous support from the players, I think he's played some really open, attractive football.

"And he got us so close. I'm sure he wants to stay with us and that will be sorted out very soon."

After Saturday's agonising play-off defeat Brabin said he would be talking to the Luton board before planning his next move.

"It's never a case of me not being up for the challenge," he explained.

"I just wanted to concentrate on getting the club promoted, we haven't achieved that, we need to sit down now and work out what's best for the club.

"It's going to have to be done as soon as possible."

Luton managing director Gary Sweet added he has faith in Brabin's credentials.

"He does have the ability, he's a good, young, professional manager, but leave us to discuss [his future]," he said.

"We love him at the club, we keep saying he is one of us.

"He knows what we need, he's got a great rapport with the fans, players and board."