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Born: En­field, 1969 (Age 47) Play­ing ca­reer: A striker, Nu­gent was a YTS at Ley­ton Ori­ent and made his de­but, aged 17, in 1987. He scored 30 goals in 125 games for the O’s and was lead­ing scorer in 1991-92, earn­ing a £200,000 switch to sec­ond-tier Ply­mouth. Rel­e­gated in his first sea­son, Nu­gent quickly be­came a key player for the Pil­grims and scored 37 goals in 160 games in three years at Home Park. Sold to Bris­tol City for £75,000 in 1995, he net­ted 14 goals in two sea­sons but was rarely a reg­u­lar and left to join Third Di­vi­sion Cardiff in 1997. Nu­gent scored 37 times in 118 matches at Ninian Park, in­clud­ing a ca­reer-best 21 as the Bluebirds were pro­moted to the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion in 2001. He also won the club’s player of the year award. Af­ter five years at Cardiff – and a sea­son back at Ori­ent – Nu­gent saw out his ca­reer with Swansea, scor­ing 16 times in 71 games and help­ing avert rel­e­ga­tion from the Foot­ball League.

Man­age­rial ca­reer: Named player-coach by Swansea in 2003, he spent sev­eral years on Kenny Jack­ett’s staff and had a spell as care­taker be­fore re­turn­ing to Ori­ent in June 2007 as youth team man­ager un­der Martin Ling. Fol­low­ing the de­par­tures of Ling and his as­sis­tant Dean Smith in Jan­uary 2009, Nu­gent be­came care­taker-man­ager, win­ning one of his four games. He then spent a year as as­sis­tant to Geraint Wil­liams and again took tem­po­rary charge when Wil­liams was sacked in April 2010. He re­sumed his role as as­sis­tant fol­low­ing Rus­sell Slade’s ap­point­ment in that same month and stayed in the post for four sea­sons, help­ing the O’s to the 2014 League One play-off fi­nal. A third stint – this time as in­terim boss – fol­lowed when Slade left for Cardiff. Nu­gent left Ori­ent in Jan­uary 2016 and has since worked as a coach at Lu­ton and Charl­ton. He was ap­pointed Bar­net man­ager in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

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