Pardew – Kevin Nolan Is Better Than I Thought He Was

Kevin Nolan’s goal against his former side Bolton on Saturday, was an excellently taken goal from a half chance, with a well placed header.

Kevin Nolan – if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck ……….

And that was Kevin’s 11th goal of the season and he is now joint goal-scorer at Newcastle – not bad for a midfielder.

And it seems that Kevin’s play has surprised manager Alan Pardew, who says Kevin is a lot better technically that he thought he was.

And of course we’ve always known Kevin was just a born leader, and has become an excellent captain of Newcastle United.

This is what Alan Pardew said today about his captain:

“He is better than I thought he was,” “Technically he is more accomplished than I gave him credit for. Maybe that’s because of Bolton’s style when he was there.”

“He is as important to us as those players are for their teams,” “He has a knack of getting a goal. “He just pops up and scores – all types of goals – which is unusual for a central midfield player.”

“He is technically sound in everything he does.” “He sets the right example as captain on and off the pitch. His behavior in the Andy Carroll situation, when Andy was perhaps losing his way a bit, was important.”

“Things like that make him a great leader. He keeps an even keel. The signing of Cheick is a boost for Kev, he has good energy and gives Kevin the license to get in the box.”

Kevin was signed for £4M from Bolton just over two years ago, and has been a great player for Newcastle and he’s a class act too.

He has played 86 times for Newcastle with 29 goals – a fantastic record, and while he was at Bolton, where he was also captain, he played 345 times with 50 goals.

Kevin’s deal with Newcastle runs out in the summer of 2013, and we’d love him to get an extended contract on Tyneside, and there have been recent rumors that’s exactly what Alan Pardew wants to do.

Kevin has been a great player for Newcastle and is a great captain, and epitomizes what Newcastle are all about – guts and glory – and of course this season Kevin scored 4 goals against the old enemy – Sunderland.

What more can you ask of a Newcastle captain? 😀

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • daneevz

    Feb 28, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    gr8 captain love the man !! can just wonder rwnd doing nothing tho then make a foul but i love him!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 28, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    His example when Andy was losing his way !!
    Hookers and smack party round at my place !!

    I liked the sly dig at Allardyce tby Pardew then, saying he didn’t think Nolan was a technical player – probably because he was at Bolton !

    I don’t know what to make of Nolan really. If he isn’t scoring goals he really isn’t doing much at all. No vision to speak of and not really fit enough to be a box to box CM, but he knows where the goal is, which is pricelss , a bit like Cahill.

  • ToonZiga

    Feb 28, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #3

    he is great. this is the leader you just wish for. Captain Kevin Nolan you are the man!!

  • Magforlife

    Feb 28, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Great leader, good goal scoring record. technically gifted never !
    Any idea why Barton pulled out on Saturday ?

  • daneevz

    Feb 28, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Joey injury is a grey area nobody knows what happened to him (Ed enlighten us) but strange. normally when a key player get injured ur hear something staright away or at least nxt day but nothing?

  • bawtat

    Feb 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    @ Rotonda heights, he is no messi but he scores goals reads the game and leads the team what more do you want? he has made 4 major clearances in the last 2 games saving us valuable points, its not always about razamataz football

  • bawtat

    Feb 28, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Barton is supposed to have pulled his thigh on thurs then it eased off friday but it pulled again in warm up! but should be ok for everton

  • supervil

    Feb 28, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #8

    @Rotunda Heights – wow, believing the NOTW now are we?

    Do you know what smack is? They didn’t have a smack party pal…

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 28, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Daneevz @ 5- Pardew explained to the media after the match what happened with Barton, and it was well publicised in every Sunday paper that I read, including all the locals.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #10


    You do sound like someone who’s more readily acquainted with the stuff than I am , I’ll give you that.

    I guess you must be a very good acquaintance of Nolan and Carroll and they must have categorically denied that to you in person then.

    Don’t call people pal hiding behind your keyboard, like some sort of hard man.

  • veto

    Feb 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #11

    makes a change having commited players like nolan on the books when compared to some of the mercaneries we have had over the years .
    we have the foundations of an exellent team , with the right purchases moving forward i could easy see us challanging for something

  • Bucks mag

    Feb 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Nolan put one in the Mackem’s net, he just can’t get enough, he just can’t enough,
    Nolan put two in the Mackem’s net, he just can’t get enough, he just can’t enough,
    Nolan put three in the Mackem’s net and he just can’t seem to get enough ohh,
    Duh, duh duh duh duh duh duh duh… (accompanied by the Nolan dance)


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