The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By John Lyons

KEVIN Nugent in­sists he was right to take the man­age­ment plunge at Bar­net – even if his stint in charge fin­ished pre­ma­turely.

The 48-year-old had pre­vi­ously held a hand­ful of care­taker posts be­fore be­ing ap­pointed Bees boss un­til the end of the sea­son in mid-Fe­bru­ary.

How­ever, a run of one win, four draws and six de­feats led to Nugent part­ing com­pany with the Bees last week­end.

The for­mer Ley­ton Ori­ent, Ply­mouth, Bris­tol City, Cardiff and Swansea striker said: “I still feel it was the right job to take and I en­joyed ev­ery minute of it. It was a bit of a learn­ing curve, though it wasn’t vastly dif­fer­ent to what I ex­pected.

“I tried to im­ple­ment a few things, though I only had a short spell in charge.”

The Bees look set to fin­ish the sea­son safely in mid-ta­ble, but Nugent be­lieves they could have gone higher had he been able to hit the ground run­ning.


“Mo­men­tum is ab­so­lutely huge and we’ve seen it in League Two this sea­son with teams like Ex­eter and Ac­cring­ton,” he said. “If we had picked up points early doors then ev­ery­thing would have been dif­fer­ent.

“We put in a lot of good per­for­mances, but we didn’t get the re­sults. A lot of coaches and man­agers who were at our games have come up to me and said, ‘how have you lost?’.”

Nugent in­sists he hasn’t been put off be­ing a boss.

“It’s whet­ted my ap­petite,” he said, “but get­ting out on the train­ing ground to coach is my first pri­or­ity. I en­joy putting on ses­sions and get­ting the play­ers to buy into what you are try­ing to do.”

While he will no longer be in­volved, Nugent be­lieves the Bees have rea- sons to be pos­i­tive.

“I put some young lads in and there’s a good crop there,” he said. “They need to be in­te­grated with some se­nior play­ers. They prob­a­bly need to add a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence.

“There’s a big fu­ture for the club. They’ve got very good train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and a lot to build on.”

Nugent’s as­sis­tant, Rossi Eames – in charge with Henry New­man when Martin Allen left for Eastleigh in De­cem­ber – has taken the reins on an in­terim ba­sis.

PIC­TURE: Mike Capps

POS­I­TIVE: Kevin Nugent en­joyed his time at the Bar­net helm

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