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HATTERS APPOINT KEVIN NUGENT AS FIRST TEAM COACH

29 January 2016

Former Orient assistant joins the Hatters

Nathan Jones has installed Kevin Nugent as first team coach in his first backroom staff appointment since taking over as manager.

Nugent, 46, arrives at Kenilworth Road having previously been assistant manager at fellow League 2 side Leyton Orient.

He was a striker in his playing days, scoring 143 goals in a career spanning 20 years with spells at Orient, Plymouth, Bristol City, Cardiff, and Swansea.

He started his coaching career as assistant to Kenny Jackett at Swansea and briefly took over as caretaker boss in February 2007. During his time in South Wales the Swans won promotion from League 1.

In the summer of 2007 Nugent returned to Leyton Orient and remained at Brisbane Road until this year. In his time with the O’s the club reached the League 1 Play-Off final in 2013/14.

With a wealth of coaching experience, Jones was delighted to welcome Nugent to Kenilworth Road.

He said: “Kevin is a good coach who knows the level. He’s somebody I have been very keen to get on board and add to the staff here.

“He’s a great character and wants to get better. He has a good reputation in the game and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Nugent admitted he is excited at the prospect of working alongside Jones in a bid to revive the Town’s fortunes.

He said: “There’s a very good squad of players here which I’m really looking forward to working with day in, day out. 

“The quality is certainly there. The challenge is to now to get that out of the players on a consistent basis.

“There’s a good spirit among the group, which is often half of the battle, so I’m confident that we can have a positive effect.

“Luton is a great club and Nathan is a young, hungry manager. We share a similar football philosophy and I’m flattered that Nathan wanted me here.”

As a result of Kevin’s appointment, Andy Awford has reverted to his full-time role of academy and development manager but will continue to assist the first team.

The Club would like to place on record its thanks to Andy for his assistance in these first few weeks of Nathan’s tenure.

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