Surprise candidate Kevin Nugent has been appointed Barnet's new head coach, in the 47-year-old's first permanent managerial role.

Nugent, who until earlier today was assistant manager at Charlton Athletic, takes over from Rossi Eames, who will in turn assist him, and Henry Newman, who left the club this week.

Since calling time on a playing career spanning three decades, the Londoner has spent time working alongside managers including Roberto Martinez, Russell Slade and Kenny Jackett.

He has taken charge of each of Leyton Orient, Swansea City and Charlton on a caretaker basis during that time, but one concern may manifest in the fact his new job represents a first full-time spell in the managerial hot seat.

In total, Nugent has managed 18 games since his first caretaker spell with the Swans a decade ago, winning five, drawing five and losing eight.

Chairman Tony Kleanthous told the club's official website: "Kevin is a highly respected coach within the game and comes to us with a wealth of experience at our level of football.

"He has been highly recommended as the man to help us with the task at hand, and we welcome his decision to join us.

"He will slot into our management structure, ably assisted by Rossi Eames, and they will be continuing with the recent progress. 

"As outlined in my previous statement when Martin Allen left, there will inevitably be a period of transition with some highs and lows.

"Unfortunately, Henry has decided to look for first team opportunities elsewhere and has chosen to leave the Club and Academy. He goes with our best wishes for the fine work he has done for us.

"Of course it goes without saying that our number one aim is to get promoted this year, so the brief as always is to get results – we want to get to League One and we are still in with a chance."