Kev axed as Bees slip into obscurity
LESS than 24 hours after a disapointing defeat at Exeter, Barnet parted company with head coach Kevin Nugent.
With the Bees mired in mid-table obscurity, Nugent’s two-month tenure came to an end, ostensibly by mutual consent.
“Barnet Football Club and head coach Kevin Nugent today mutually agreed to part company,” read a club statement on Saturday.
“The search for the next permanent head coach is underway.
“Rossi Eames will take charge of the team for the upcoming game against Wycombe on Monday.”
Early goals from Jordan Moore-Taylor and David Wheeler at St James’ Park on Friday sentenced Barnet to a third straight defeat and condemend Nugent to the chop, despite John Akinde’s 69th-minute response.
It was better news for Exeter, however, as the Grecians jumped into fifth place, with a fourpoint cushion over Blackpool in eighth.
The Grecians travel to play-off rivals Cambridge tomorrow hoping to rack up a 13th win on the road this season.
But winger Wheeler is predicting more twists and turns in the pressure cooker of the play-off race.
“It is going to be the same pressure on Monday,” he said. “The game is still as big, even though we have got a little bit of a buffer now.
“It can change game to game and there are enough teams still in it to cause us problems.
“There might be changes on Monday but we have got a lot of talent on the bench.”
Exeter flew out of the traps and swept into a two-goal lead inside the opening six minutes.
Skipper Moore-Taylor turned sharply on the edge of the box before ramming a low shot into the bottom corner.
Two minutes later Jake Taylor caused problems down the right and crossed for Wheeler to poke the ball under Bees keeper Jamie Stephens.
Barnet were shaken into life and Christy Pym produced two smart saves to deny Ruben Bover Izquierdo and Harry Taylor.
Akinde rammed home his 24th goal of the season on 69 minutes to hand Barnet a lifeline but hopes of a fightback were dashed as Pym clawed away Taylor’s effort 11 minutes from time – ending Nugent’s time at the helm.
And Exeter boss Paul Tisdale wants his side to maintain focus.
He said: “There are many twists and turns to come so we have to keep our nerve, concentrate and keep working hard.”