Brighton & Hove Albion first-team coach Paul Nevin is throughly enjoying his role as part of Gareth Southgate’s first-team set-up with England.
The Seagulls’ coach was recently called up to the Three Lions’ backroom staff for the second time in consecutive international breaks for upcoming games against Czech Republic and Montenegro, and he spoke highly of his time with the side so far.
He said, “It’s been brilliant – the first time back in November was great because the United States game was the farewell to Wayne Rooney and the Croatia game a few days later got us to the Nations League semi-finals.
“It was a great introduction, and everyone was fantastic – the major thing I noticed was that it’s all about hard work here, but people do it with smiles on their faces.
“It was an incredible atmosphere at Wembley against Croatia – the fans were really behind the team and that makes it easier for the players.
“We have real quality and power all over the pitch; it’s really positive and that energy comes from the crowd too.
“People enjoy being here and coming to the camps and as a result of that we’re getting good performances and good results.”
Nevin also reflected on the similarities that exist between his club environment with Albion and the set-up at St George’s Park, highlighting the ways of working that match up between the two.
“I’m very fortunate because Brighton as a club is very similar, it’s about having procedures in place that are proficient and professional.
“It’s also about having good people and then having the good structures in place to allow those people to do their work – Brighton has that as well, so it was a smooth transition.
“There are a lot of things that resonate between here with England and back at Brighton.”
The Seagulls’ coach also spoke of the reception he’d received from the players in Southgate’s group, speaking about what his role involves and praising the work ethic and attitude of the squad.
“The players have been very welcoming – there’s a good core group of players in the squad that are used to having new players come in, so they’re used to new members of staff as well.
“They feel comfortable, I don’t try to impose myself on them at all, for me it’s about being there to help them with anything I can.
“There’s a human element too, for instance when they’re in the gym in the mornings and they’re warming up, it’s nice to see some familiar faces if they’ve played against us at Brighton.
“You can talk about their clubs and what they bring into this environment.”