KEVIN NUGENT has been appointed as the new first-team coach at Barnet.
Nugent, who had been working as assistant manager at EFL League One side Charlton Athletic, takes charge at The Hive as the permanent successor to Martin Allen, who quit the club late last year to become manager at Eastleigh.
Rossi Eames and Henry Newman had been in interim charge of the team since them, and although Newman left the club earlier this week, Eames is expected to form a key part of Nugent’s coaching team.
Nugent had been with Charlton since the start of the season and enjoyed an unbeaten spell as their caretaker manager in November last year.
He has also had brief managerial experience at Leyton Orient – where he had took charge of the club on an interim basis on three separate occasions during his time on the coaching staff – and has further coaching experience at Swansea City, Cardiff City and Luton Town.
And Bees’ chairman Tony Kleanthous explained the reasoning behind Nugent’s appointment in a lengthy statement on the club’s official website.
“We announced the journey this club was undertaking last December, when Martin left to go to Eastleigh,” he said. “Although we were in a reasonable league position, our overall goal was promotion. To achieve that we knew that we had to find a way of bringing our talented young players into the first-team squad.
“Rossi and Henry were appointed as interim coaches, to ease those players into the team and give them some regular game-time. Our next step was to strengthen the squad in general and to fill the age gap between the senior players and the younger ones coming through.
“We set about identifying talented players aged between 20 and 25 who would keep the foundations of our squad solid over the next few years and give us something to build on. The next step now is to assimilate and integrate our new players and integrate our new players, young players and senior players into a cohesive and strong team.”
Kleanthous continued: “Kevin is a highly respected coach within the game and comes to us with a wealth of experience at our level of football. He has been highly recommended as the man to help us with the task at hand, and we welcome his decision to join us.
“He will slot into our management structure, ably assisted by Rossi, and they will be continuing with the recent progress. Unfortunately, Henry has decided to look for first-team opportunities elsewhere and has chosen to leave the club. He goes with our best wishes for the fine work he has done with us.
“There will inevitably be a period of transition with some highs and lows. Of course it goes without saying that our number one aim is to get promoted this year, so the brief as always is to get results – we want to get to League One and we are still in with a chance.”
Nugent will take charge of the side for the first time when they host Portsmouth on Saturday (3pm).