Kevin Nugent (footballer)

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Kevin Nugent
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Nugent in 2013
Personal information
Full name Kevin Patrick Nugent
Date of birth (1969-04-10) 10 April 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Edmonton, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1992 Leyton Orient 94 (20)
1989 Cork City (loan)
1992–1995 Plymouth Argyle 131 (32)
1995–1997 Bristol City 69 (14)
1997–2002 Cardiff City 99 (29)
2002–2003 Leyton Orient 28 (4)
2003 Swansea City (loan) 4 (3)
2003–2006 Swansea City 70 (13)
Teams managed
2007 Swansea City (caretaker)
2009 Leyton Orient (caretaker)
2010 Leyton Orient (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Kevin Patrick Nugent (born 10 April 1969 in Edmonton, London) is an English former professional footballer and current assistant manager of Leyton Orient.

Playing career[edit]

Nugent began his career at Leyton Orient in the 1980s and made over 100 appearances in all competitions for the club, spending time on loan at Cork City during the 1988–89 season.[1] After finishing the 1991–92 season as the club's top scorer, he signed for Plymouth Argyle in March 1992 for a transfer fee of £200,000 and made over 100 appearances for Plymouth. In September 1995, he moved to Bristol City for a fee of £75,000, although first-team opportunities were more limited.

Nugent signed for Cardiff City in June 1997 for a transfer fee of £65,000. After an injury hit first year at Ninian Park, Nugent enjoyed a strong second year, being awarded the club's player of the year award. He also later captained the side before an Achilles injury saw him lose his place in the side and later leave on a free transfer in January 2002 to return to Leyton Orient,[2] where his career had begun.

In January 2003, Nugent signed for Swansea City on loan, making the move permanent a month later. He was released by the club's new manager Kenny Jackett in June 2004 but a week later, he was surprisingly re-signed as a player and also appointed assistant manager.

Including his appearances on loan, to the end of the 2005–06 season, Nugent had played 83 games for Swansea City in all competitions and had scored 19 goals. He retained his player registration, allowing him to play during injury crises, although he played only once during the 2005–06 season.

Kevin is an ex-pupil of Saint Ignatius College, Enfield.

Management career[edit]

Nugent started his coaching career as assistant manager to Kenny Jackett at Swansea City. When Jackett was sacked on 15 February 2007, Nugent became caretaker manager for two matches earning just one point. With Roberto Martínez taking over, and wanting to bring his own men in, Nugent's future was unclear until Martinez offered him the position of chief scout.

In June 2007, Nugent returned to his playing roots and became the Leyton Orient Youth Team manager, When Martin Ling (now Torquay FC manager) was sacked on 18 January 2009 his assistant, Dean Smith (now Walsall FC maanager) was also sacked. Nugent took over as caretaker manager and in his four games in charge, won once, a shock win at promotion chasing Milton Keynes Dons. Soon after though Geraint Williams was installed as Leyton Orient's new manager, with Nugent retaining his role as assistant manager. On 3 April 2010 Geraint Williams was sacked as manager of Leyton Orient and Nugent was once again installed as Caretaker Manager, remaining in charge for a 2–1 defeat to Southampton before returning to his role as assistant manager following the appointment of Russell Slade.[3]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 13 April 2010
Team Country From To Record
G W D L Win %
Swansea City (caretaker) Wales 15 February 2007 24 February 2007 2 0 1 1 0
Leyton Orient (caretaker) England 18 January 2009 5 February 2009 4 1 2 1 25
Leyton Orient (caretaker) England 3 April 2010 5 April 2010 1 0 0 1 0
Total 7 1 3 3 14.29


  1. ^ "Past players". Swansea City A.F.C. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  3. ^ "Russell Slade appointed manager at Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dave Penney
Cardiff City captain
Succeeded by
Graham Kavanagh