Albion's new first-team coach reflects on his decision to join the club.
Brighton & Hove Albion’s new first-team coach, Paul Nevin, revealed that the chance to work alongside Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood again was too good to turn down.
Nevin arrives at Albion after previously working with the duo at Norwich City and brings a wealth of experience to the role after previous jobs at the FA and at the Premier League.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “I'm delighted to be working with Chris and Colin again after our time together at Norwich City. They know of my work and we had a good working relationship at the club.
“I was the head of coaching while we were all together at Norwich. I oversaw all the coaches at all the age groups, as well as coaching development. I was working specifically with the under-21 age group and that’s where I came into contact with Chris.
“I have a massive amount of respect for him and Colin. I saw that Nathan [Jones] had moved on last season and I kept my eye on the situation. I was happily employed by the Premier League, but I said to myself if there was ever an opportunity to work with Chris and Colin again, then I would love to do so.
“I managed to watch a lot of Brighton’s games last season and followed their endeavours closely.”
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The former Shrewsbury Town, Carlisle United and Yeovil Town player highlighted what he feels will be the key responsibilities in his new role, providing a link between the staff and manager.
“As a first-team coach, it’s about being there for anything that Chris needs. I look at it as providing support in making sure that the planning and delivery of the coaching is everything that Chris needs as the manager.
“One of my strengths is planning, and working closely with the sport science practitioners and making sure everybody has a valid output.
“I need to make sure Chris gets all the important information to make his decisions.”
Nevin will be linking up with a familiar face in Liam Rosenior, from the pair’s time at Fulham, and he went on to praise the calibre of staff working at Brighton.
“Of all the players here, I have only worked with Liam before. I worked with him for a number of years and I look forward to catching up with him again. I’ve followed his career closely and look forward to touching base with him.
“Brighton has a great reputation for the calibre of people working at the club and that was one of the biggest factors for me coming here.
“Getting so close to promotion last season, we understand it’s a tough ask to repeat that and succeed to the next level. For everybody at the club, that is the aim for next season.”