Saints host Howe’s in-form side in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday.
Howe is now flying high in third place in the Premier League despite largely relying on the players he inherited in what was a struggling team.
“I’ve lots of admiration for Eddie as a human being and as a coach and manager he is proving he can build something, he can take setbacks and then he can go to a Premier League club and do well,” said Jones.
“Our careers have lots of parallels and I have spoken to him a few times. If I can get anywhere near him I will be delighted.
“That’s what I have to do here. That’s what I’ve been brought in to do, to develop players to be better than what others thought they could be or the levels they were playing at previously.
“That’s what coaching is, that’s what man management is and we’ve got players who have bought into everything.
“I’ve got to make sure I give them a structure and keep on to them so they keep sticking to the game plan, sticking to the structure so they improve individually and we improve as a team.”
Jones has recalled Poland centre-half Jan Bednarek from his loan spell at Aston Villa.
“We felt we needed a bit more experience in there, because we’ve got some young centre-halves, some in their first season in the Premier League,” Jones added at his pre-match press conference.
“We could have gone out and signed someone new and left Jan but as someone who knows the players, someone who knows the building, someone that has played in an aggressive team before, we felt it was a logical one.”
January signings Mislav Orsic and Charly Alcaraz are also in the frame for the first leg.