West Ham's Nevin appointed to Southgate's England staff

Nevin worked on Southgate's England staff in 2018/19

Nevin worked on Southgate's England staff in 2018/19

WEST HAM first-team coach Paul Nevin has been added to Gareth Southgate’s England staff ahead of the team's qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup.

The 52-year-old worked with Southgate's England in 2018/19 and will help them during each international break. He fills a gap vacated by Graeme Jones, who worked with England during the Euros but has now returned to his full-time role with Newcastle United.

Southgate said: “Paul is a hugely respected coach and somebody we know well so we’re thankful to David Moyes and West Ham for allowing him to support us on the road to the 2022 World Cup.”

Moyes added: “I’m really pleased for Paul and this opportunity will see him continue his development as a coach.”

Nevin joined West Ham in February 2020 and helped them to a sixth-place finish and Europa League qualification last season.

After a playing career which took in spells at Shrewsbury Town, Carlisle United and Yeovil Town, as well as four years in the United States, Nevin spent eight years coaching at Fulham’s Academy.

After managing New Zealand Knights in the Australian A-League and coaching at the Aspire Academy in Qatar, he returned to England in 2013 to work alongside manager Chris Hughton, first at Norwich City and then at Brighton.

Nevin, who holds the Uefa Pro Licence. worked with England Under-17s and then the senior national side in 2018/19 as part of the FA’s BAME placement scheme, Pursuit of Progress.

“I got the opportunity to become the first BAME coach to work with the senior men’s national team, which was an unbelievable experience," he said last October.

“People outside probably thought that was a box-ticking exercise and to an extent it probably was, but the people and the staff at the FA really made you feel genuinely part of the programme.

“I was involved in matches, training and all the meetings and preparation, so I felt fully integrated into the staff team. Chris Powell has got the role at the moment, and is feeling them same way.

“We need people to be visible. It’s not about me, it’s not about Chris, it’s about being visible for the next generation, who can see that we have the qualities to work with the very best players at the very highest level. That will hopefully inspire more people to continue in, or enter, the coaching field."

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