Sam Wants Kevin Nolan at Newcastle

The Sunday Sun is reporting today that the mystery player Sam Allardyce is pursuing his former captain Kevin Nolan at Bolton Wanderers.


Kevin Nolan – Sam is after his former Bolton captain

It’s not at all surprising that Sam has been given some flexibility to bring in a new midfielder at Newcastle, given the problems Barton has with himself, and the up and down displays of Turkish International Emre.

However, we had thought that Andrei Arshavin, the Russian football captain, would be the player Sam would have tried to bring in during January, although he doesn’t have any Premiership experience. Sam has since said that those are the players he wants to target during this transfer window.,

Nolan has not been in particularly good form this season and it may be that new Bolton manager Gary Megson may be willing to let Kevin move on. With Sam’s unwillingness to play Emre in the attacking midfield position in Barton’s absence, it may also be that Allardyce may want to cash in on Emre. And of course his old club Galatasaray will be interested, as will quite a few other clubs. However, it’s not clear that Galatasaray have the cash needed to buy the Turkish international.

Sam Allardyce knows all about Kevin Nolan, and you have to believe he knows just exactly what he would use him at Newcastle United. Sam remains convinced of Nolan’s ability, with the midfielder’s goal-scoring capability an obvious attraction.

Galatasaray have also been keeping an eye on Emre, and his agent Ahmet Bulut said yesterday:

“There are a lot of clubs interested but they have to speak to Newcastle.”

So whether we get Nolan in for Emre remains to be seen, but we hope Sam is not going to let all our creative players move on. We haven’t got too many of them to start with.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.

61 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Looks like i was right 🙂 and 🙁

    Its a 6 mil bid i think and its depressing.

  • Ross

    Jan 6, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #2

    i’m sorry, but if we let emre leave, to bring in kevin nolan for around 6 million pounds i will be devestated.
    genuinly. i actually dont know how i’d cope with letting our ONLY decent playmaker leave, to bring in another bolton player.
    this is sick.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Its not the fact he is selling Emre that is the problem its the fact that:
    Who will he replace him with, or will he?
    Its a sign of how he is trying to turn us into a bolton-esqe team.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 6, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Sam needs to keep creativity at the club – look how Emre turned the Everton game with his pure skill.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 6, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #5

    I hope it’s just media rubbish again, We are a mf down with Barton awol but cannot let another (Emre) go.
    If he is bought I’d be disappointed.

  • Ross

    Jan 6, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #6

    i read in the papers today sam was going to the board to request the dismissal of the black stripes from our shirt.
    along with this, sam posed the idea for a name change thinking “newcastle united” was somewhat boring.
    Boltyne FC is the proposed replacement, and talks are apparently ongoing regarding both.

  • StevieA

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #7

    I bet Nolan score 10-15 goals a season though from midfield and that’s what we need. Emre will never do that, he should but he never will.

    When you take into account how many goals Barton can score, and you add those goals to Nolans then we should have a lot more goals coming from midfield.

    I think he will be a good signing. Just a feeling I have about him, the reason for his dip in form is that he wants to move onto better things I think.

  • Hadrian

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #8

    see , he’s building a bolton he could never build without more cash .
    he may think thats ok if he wins trophys , ofc he wants 5 YEAR to try .
    well he can sod off , im at my wits end with him now .

  • billy

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #9

    dont care if emre goes he spends most of his time on his arse rubbing his shins. we need better than nolan though.prem experience is not important if your a good player get arshavin.

  • Bobby Ollox

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #10

    The mighty Kevin Nolan ? For F*cks sake…

  • Pete

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Oh dear, Kevin Nolan? 6 million?
    Just can’t believe there is any truth in this tbh, let’s wait and see

  • Mehzeb

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Nolan isn’t as bad as some of you are portraying him to be. He’s a decent midfield man with, good passing and solid tackling. The man has very little creativity, and thats not the only worrying part. Zero enthusiasm. He lacks skill and dribbling ability, and some might say he’s a poor man’s Parker. But hey, that’s the kind of player Allardyce thinks we need. Can the fans do anything? No. But we can watch our club turn into Bolton, with Megson turning Bolton into something completely different.

    Sad. Truly sad.


    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #13

    The Sunday Sun ??? HA HA HA

  • dragoner

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #14

    the source of this news is poor. However, if this does take place i will NOT be happy

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #15

    im not poor 🙁

  • Leo

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #16

    would rather have kevin davis or nic anelka but nolan would be ok

    what about arshavin, am gutted that we are going to get any attacking creative players. ever!

  • Andy1

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Nolan is a good player but too similar to what we already have and is probably only suited to 4-3-3 which hasn’t worked to date. He has the potential to score a lot of goals but so does Barton. He’d be a good signing, but not if Emre goes. We need more creativity – not less.

    What position is Arshavin? Watched him on youtube – seems like a pacy striker.

  • carl

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #18

    i will not be happy if he signs nolan end of!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #19

    arshavin plays behind the front 2 or on the wing

  • heads23552

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #20

    it sells papers, and gets the fans going, I think the media would be bored if we do ok. A crisis is much better. If there is no news lets write about Newcastle. Ignore it all. Just enjoy the game.

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #21

    If we’re going for Kevin Nolan then why in the hell did we sell Parker???? In my opinion Parker is much better than Nolan. If Big Sam sold him in the summer window only to have more cash at the time to sign more squad players it’s worrying, considering he was our captain at the time. Maybe it turns out good but right now it all looks a bit strange. With more players coming in from Bolton it does seem like Sam is trying to make us into Bolton. If he does I just hope he injects the flair players that this club starves as he couldn’t with Bolton’s budget. Only when Big Sam signs a quality, creative player will I have complete faith in him.

  • scott9

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #22

    kevin nolan would be a great signing but not in they expense of emre i think we have enough room for him without letting emre go.
    however i think maniche and definatley tiago would be better options as there more creative but if sam brought in.
    i would be more than happy cause for january signings thats decent.

  • trojan

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #23

    i hear he wants us playin in all white now as well … lol

  • Marosh

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #24

    I don’t think that making Bolton from us is a good idea. The way Bolton plays is good for small local club but not for huge club like we are. Now I don’t know if I want Sam to stay, because he maybe can lead us into top 5 in next 3-4 years but I’m not satisfied with the way we play … I want us to play entertaing football. Hope we can do that and have some results of course too.

  • steve

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #25

    This is truly depressing news, Kevin Nolan has been booed by the Bolton fans quite a lot this season as he’s apparently been playing poorly, the fact he keeps getting dropped by both Sammy Lee and Megson shows that Sam has lost touch with reality if this story is true.
    What a midfield we’ll have Barton, Smith, Butt and Nolan – no pace, no skill, no creativity, no fckin good.

  • spen

    Jan 6, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #26

    i cant understand the logic in selling emre and bringing in nolan? this surely cant happen it will turn us into a midtable club. i know thts what we’ve bin achieving but we’ve bin vastly UNDER-achieving since the bobster was sacked.we have so much quality in the squad now and selling is the wrong option we need now to stop bringing in average players and look at players towards the “world class” title which to be fair no one can argue we already have owen, given, martins etc. buy players like nolan and the best we can hope for is uefa cup 7th or 8th.just buy quality i mean we have a billionaire now we CAN break the top 4………..

  • Hadrian

    Jan 6, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #27

    makes me weep everytime i see sven going in for a player , didnt we get this the wrong way round , surely sam and sven belong at each others club.
    if we get nolan , thats butt , barton , nolan , smith? as CM’s for our club .
    we only need 1 of those types of player imo .
    dragoner , you want to judge sam on his squad?
    you want him to stay years and spend millions before you make a judgement? isnt it obvious now where he’s heading?
    the big mouthed arrogant ‘top man in his field’ needs to addapt to newcastle , not supporters the world over addapting to him .

  • bod

    Jan 6, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #28

    team for stoke given in goal rozenhal taylor faye enrique roz at right back midfield smith and butt in centre duff on right? zog on left viduka owen up front milner on bench

  • JoshI

    Jan 6, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Seriously i don’t think Big Sam is that stupid. I don’t think Mort will let him buy him even if he was, if we can see whats happening, then the board surely can aswell.

  • JoshI

    Jan 6, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #30

    Thats not a bad side, although id change emre for Smith. can’t have 2 Battlers, the strikers won’t get any service.

  • iain

    Jan 6, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #31

    i wouldnt have complained give the choice of barton/nolan had we rather got nolan.

    but to get rid of emre for nolan is mental.

    but i can guess why, duff in todays mila says the nutrionist says he cnat eat bread or some shit like that. can you imagine sam telling emre he cant eat his favorite turkish meal.

    also in the guardian apparently durin ga pre match team talk one player asked sam during his speech about stoppinb the oposition what he wnated our team do when we had the ball.

  • bod

    Jan 6, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #32

    josh1 agree i would have emre on in place of smith

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #33

    roz at rb is an interesting one, i think he will excell there, he is pretty fast.

  • Tom Cairns

    Jan 6, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #34

    allardyce came out and said that we will not be selling any player unless seriously lucrative offers come in, so why are so many on here so certain that we are ‘replacing’ emre with nolan?

    to start with the nolan story is only paper speculation, and if we did get nolan he would get us goals which we desperately need at the moment, he isn’t a creative midfielder which we do desperately need but who’s to say we wont bring one in as well? allardyce obviously doesnt favour emre but tbh thats not a big surprise, he is very talented and has the ability to turn games but more often than not he just doesnt turn up which most definitely isn’t allardyce’s type of player and i would agree with that.

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 6, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #35

    sell carr and emre bring in arshavin and good young right back and nolan isnt good enuf sell ameobi and buy ashton.come on tha toon!!!!!

  • iain

    Jan 6, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #36

    tom c – well if he signs nolan he isnt going to play him and emre together is he.

  • spen

    Jan 6, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #37

    we were woeful again.tom_toon roz clearly never excelled at right back and still continues not to excell as a newcastle player and why has did nicky but take it upon himself to shoot everytime he got 3 yards outside the area when he couldn’t hit a cows arse with a banjo and i couldn’t remember smith on the ball only sliding about.we need to buy quality bring on man u:(

  • john

    Jan 6, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #38

    nicky butt shoots cos no one else has the balls to shoot

  • john

    Jan 6, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #39

    TOM TOON. rozenhal will excell at right back what an expert you are. he was as bad today as you know about nufc. ha ha

  • john

    Jan 6, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #40

    tom toon wants his asshaving


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