Alan Pardew has tried to explain why the Newcastle captain, Kevin Nolan, was allowed to leave the club and join West Ham last month.
Kevin Nolan – left Newcastle last month
Alan Pardew told a BBC Radio Newcastle phone-in:
“Would I have had Kevin for the next two years? Yes, I would have definitely have had him for the next two years, but I couldn’t have Kevin if he didn’t have a contract he felt kept him happy,”
“That obviously wasn’t the situation. In some ways I have to support that. Four or five years down the line is a bloody long time.”
“My opinion is we couldn’t give Kevin a five-year contract. If Kevin’s not paying first-team football, Kevin isn’t going to be the leader we want, I’m convinced of that. Kevin is so full-on as the captain of a football club.”
“At the level he’s gone to now the Championship he will easily come back to the Premier League but in four of five years time, Kevin needs to be doing the business in the first team and we couldn’t – I personally couldn’t see it happening at Newcastle.”
“We had to make a decision on that.” “Kevin was more than a captain really at times, but he has moved on,” “My experience as a football manager is you’ll be surprised that when someone leaves a club someone replaces that, it always is the case.”
“You can lose your funniest player but someone else evolves. It gives room for someone else to lead – and I think that will happen.”
“I’ve got a couple of ideas in my mind who that will be.” “I don’t expect the new captain to have that role,” “John Carver and Steve Stone – I expect them to make sure the guys are in good shape and there’s a good feeling in the dressing room.”
“And use their knowledge to make sure the players bring that out in each other. Most clubs, that’s how it works.”
“Kevin was exceptional in that he had tremendous leadership skills which will serve him very, very well when he ends because he’ll end up as a coach or a manager.”
“On the pitch he had certain traits we will miss next year, influencing referees and players on the opposition.” “That part we probably won’t replace but we’ve got to replace it with something else. I’m absolutely assured that within that changing room we’ve got enough.”
It’s got to be a big loss to lose Kevin Nolan for next season.
Kevin was the undoubted leader of the side, and we suppose at the end of the day, Newcastle wouldn’t give him the security of a five year deal, which would have seen Kevin at 33 years old when the contract ended.
But the club keep shocking the fans with their sales of Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, and if those two can be sold, then anybody can be sold at Newcastle these days – anybody.
Who would have thought in May, that Kevin Nolan would leave the club the next month and join West Ham?
Not too many, and that’s why it was another big shock to Newcastle fans.