Albion appoint Nevin as first-team coach

Albion boss Chris Hughton. Photograph: Paul Hazlewood (BHAFC)

Albion boss Chris Hughton. Photograph: Paul Hazlewood (BHAFC)

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Albion have appointed former Premier League head of coaching Paul Nevin as their new first-team coach.

Nevin, who worked alongside Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood during the pairs time at Norwich City, replaces Nathan Jones who departed for the Luton Town job back in January.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton admitted he is pleased to have Nevin on board and said: “Paul is an excellent coach and a good appointment for the club. I’m delighted he is on board and looking forward to working with him again.

“He has top-level experience from eight years with Fulham, his time in New Zealand and with Norwich; he has also worked for the Football Association and Premier League.

“Alongside Colin, Ben and myself he will bring a fresh perspective and different voice to the coaching mix.”

Londoner Nevin, 46, played for Shrewsbury Town, Carlisle United and Yeovil Town, and also had a four-year spell playing in America.

He began his coaching career with Fulham, where he worked as an academy coach and reserve-team manager; he has managed New Zealand Knights, before returning to the UK with Norwich in 2013.

He has also worked for the Football Association as a youth coach with England’s national teams, and most recently has been head of academy coaching at the Premier League, a role he began in 2014.

Simon Rusk, who covered as first-team coach during the season run-in, reverts to the position of under-21 coach, a role he combined with first-team duties during the second half of the season.

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