Surprising words from former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan in the Sunday Mirror today.
Kevin Nolan – I felt totally betrayed
Kevin left the Tyneside club abruptly in June, when relegated West Ham put in a bid for the player, and when the London club finally met the asking price of £4.5M, Kevin went down south to discuss terms.
And another surprise was that West Ham and Sam Allardyce, his former boss at Bolton, offered him a five year deal for around £55K/week, which is higher wages and a longer deal than Newcastle were willing to offer him.
Kevin has come out and totally blasted the club’s hierarchy today, and this is what Kevin said:
“I envisaged spending the rest of my career at the club.” “I was settled, happy and I adored the supporters.”
“I was captain of a huge club and played with a smashing group of lads I had untold respect for.” “But ultimately I was forced out because I lost trust in key people at the club and when you lose trust in people it’s almost impossible to regain it.”
“From January and shortly following the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool, I was involved in ongoing discussions about signing a new contract between four and five years.”
“I discussed the deal at length with managing director Derek Llambias and even shook hands on it.” “In my book when you do that man-to-man you expect them to see it through.”
“But what we talked about and what they finally offered me was laughable. They did a U-turn on what we agreed They showed me no respect. I felt totally betrayed.”
“Then they had the nerve to claim I rejected a new contract. What contract? A deferred option to increase my deal by 12 months with a bonus that hinged on the success of the team on the pitch the following season.”
“Perhaps I was just naive. I thought I had a good relationship with the board.” “But when it all came to a head in the summer I knew my time was coming to an end.”
“I had given the club everything but they didn’t want to give me anything in return, just broken promises. I simply couldn’t work with people like that. There was no way back for me.”
It was a complete surprise to all of us when Kevin suddenly left the club last month, but it could be that with Ben Arfa presumably being used as second striker next season, at least according to manager Alan Pardew, Kevin’s starting position in the side was under pressure.
And we still don’t know exactly what happened, but don’t forget Kevin still had two years left on his Newcastle contract, and could have spent that time at Newcastle and continued to be the captain.
He could have left as a free agent in 2013, when no doubt he could have got some plum contract with another club.
But he didn’t do that, and left the club suddenly and dramatically, right out of the blue, and that was his choice.