In Profile - Paul Nevin and Kevin Nolan
After a playing career which took in spells with the likes of Shrewsbury Town, Carlisle United and Yeovil Town as well as four years in the USA, Paul Nevin began his coaching journey with Fulham’s Academy.
Nevin spent eight years working with a variety of the junior and reserve teams at Craven Cottage, before heading to manage the New Zealand Knights in the Australian A-League for a season and then on to Qatar, where Nevin held a role at the Aspire Academy working with the Middle East nation’s young players and coaches.
Returning to England in 2013, he took a coaching role at Norwich City, where he first worked alongside manager and former West Ham and Republic of Ireland defender Chris Hughton, before joining the Premier League as head of coaching.
After two years in that role, Nevin was reunited with Hughton at Brighton & Hove Albion, where he took the role of first-team coach. Under their guidance, the Seagulls won promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 2016/17, before establishing themselves in the top flight.
In November 2018, as part of a Football Association initiative to solve the under-representation of BAME coaches in the game, he was invited to join England’s coaching staff by manager Gareth Southgate, working with Declan Rice and the Three Lions as they reached the finals of the UEFA Nations League.
Kevin Nolan returns to West Ham United as a first-team coach, adding experience, leadership and much more to David Moyes’ backroom staff.
Now 37, Liverpool-born Nolan enjoyed an outstanding playing career with Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and the Hammers, scoring 111 goals in 607 appearances.
Some 401 of those appearances and 69 of those goals came in the Premier League, where Nolan played more games than any other uncapped English player.
An inspirational figure, Nolan led Bolton to the Premier League and into European football for the first time in their history, before captaining Newcastle to promotion back to the top-flight in 2010.
After being reunited with his long-time Bolton manager Sam Allardyce in east London, Nolan’s outstanding captaincy played an instrumental role in West Ham’s promotion-winning 2011/12 season and re-establishing the Club in the Premier League thereafter.
After leaving the Hammers in 2015, Nolan moved to nearby Leyton Orient as player-manager in January of the following year.
Nolan’s most-recent managerial role saw him take charge at Notts County, leading the Magpies to the EFL League Two Play-Off semi-finals in 2017/18.
Since leaving Meadow Lane in August 2018, he has appeared regularly in the media, where is shrewd analysis of the game has made him a popular and insightful pundit and commentator.