KEVIN NUGENT FACTFILE
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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