Kevin Nolan – Newcastle Are Not Really Missing Me

Kevin Nolan has admitted the obvious – that Newcastle are not exactly missing him this season.

Kevin Nolan – while at Newcastle

Kevin was immediately appointed captain when he joined west Ham in the summer for around 4.5M, and joined up again with Sam Aallrduce, whome he had played for at Bolton Wanderers.

And playing for Newcastle 48 times in all competitions in the promotion season two years ago with 18 goals, will no doubt help West Ham get promoted straight back to the Premier league at their first attempt.

In Newcastle’s promotion season Kevin was voted the best player in the Championship, and he was just great for Newcastle over the last two seasons, and he will always be remembered as a player who gave his all for the Newcastle club, when it was in very dire circumstances.

Kevin is pleased that Newcastle are now riding high in the Premier League in 4th position with a massive 26 points from their first 13 league games.

And West Ham are now starting to pull away from 3rd placed Cardiff and are 6 points clear after 19 games, and with a better goal difference.

And those four league wins on the trot have put the Hammers just 2 points behind leaders Southampton.

This is what Kevin said:

“It was a tough decision to leave ­Newcastle, but it was the right one for me and ­everyone involved.” “They aren’t really missing me are they!”

“It took a while to get everyone’s ideas on board, but now people are seeing a West Ham side doing the right things at the right times.”

“We’re on a great run, similar to the one I was on at ­Newcastle when they were in the ­Championship.” “We have to keep plugging away and keep the pressure on the leaders Southampton.”

“We’re not looking down, we’re looking up.”

Good words from Kevin Nolan, who has always been a class act, and helped rescue Newcastle from the depths of despair the club was in over the summer of 2009, following relegation.

For the record Kevin played 91 times for Newcastle with 30 goals – quite a record – and he has so far played 14 times for West Ham with 4  goals.

We fully expect to see him back in the Premier League next season.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • mickg108

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Glad to see him doing so well, a class act unlike Joey.


    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Miss Nolan? Hmm, I really loved having him in the team great positioning 😉

  • Azrail Malaysia

    Dec 1, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Brilliant captain. Respect him as a player.. respect him as a gentleman too. Met him after that dreaded 3-3 draw vs WBA on the last game of last season. While he was on crutches / injured, still he took time to go down the stairs and took pictures & signed autographs with all the fans.. I’ve even got his signature on my jersey & took picture with him. Gutted to lose him more than Joey actually. Thank’s for the memory Kevin!

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 1, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Without a doubt much more of an influential figure than Barton, his goals in the last 2 seasons were so crucial, his hat trick against the unwashed will go down in Newcastle folklore and his status as a Newcastle hero is safe. Wish he would have stayed but he wouldn’t have fitted into the current system, and the contract length and wage didn’t suit the higher ups. Think he was a class act for us, will do a good job for the Hammers this year but I don’t expect him to bite us in the backside when they play us next year 😛

  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Dec 1, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Nolan was quality as a player and captain while he was here – good luck to him.

    Think Big Sam will get ’em up and keep them there.

    HBA has that role now… he’s been gearing up, now watch him explode against Chelsea.

    High profile sky game, at home, in form, you know he loves the big games… I reckon he’s gonna embarrass the pensioners.


  • Azrail Malaysia

    Dec 1, 2011 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Btw, I sincerely think there’s a fault play with regards to Gary Speed demise. Still can’t take it that he took his own life. Maybe, some mafias who lost bets due to Wales current resurgent (won the last few games), became so pissed off & made it look like a suicide. (Just like a movie -RED) No disrespect to Gary Speed & his family members & friends.. But a guy with great friends, great family, loves by all, no alcohol or gambling issues, stabil life & got good work / salary, can’t be doing that. I just can’t believe it. A great ambassador of football & a superb player. RIP Gary Speed!

  • niffnoff

    Dec 1, 2011 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #7

    We miss him… but not as a player more of his character. Could be a decent coach and motivator in the dressing room.

  • manxpie

    Dec 1, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Nolan was class the last 2 seasons n he’s pure class here joey fookin barton shud take note! respectin both clubs n i seriously can not believe people stickin up 4 barton on his latest outburst!! Now my bro’s in the army n had 3 tours out afghan n goin on his next 1 jus b4 christmas now i can understand him havin grief at his employers (the gov) but this fookin wally wants us 2 feel sorry 4 him n his fellows because they didn’t get the bonus’s they wanted!! Really makes me sick! N notice the players he mentioned all high earners (where was collo? Oh yeah he understands how lucky n priveliged he is) but wat about the younger or lesser payed players who were advised (told,persueded)? totally selfish as i see it! but again poor old joey he might as well jus say how gutted he is he didn’t stay 4 his last year of his contract which he was entitled to remember? But he decided 2 go 2 1 of many champions league teams that was after him……oh wait!!!

  • AK Malaysia

    Dec 1, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #9 Report stated that Newcastle Utd paid more than 6 mil pound to agents!! huh!! How to become a footbal agent? I’ve seen a few gems here in Malaysia! hehehehe

  • Brutooon

    Dec 1, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #10

    i do agree that he is a good person and motivator

    other than that, he is ageing and want security in term of wages – sorry we cant provide that


    Dec 1, 2011 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #11

    5-0 win for The Great G.SPEED on saturday

  • toon_shy

    Dec 1, 2011 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #12

    This is weird cos on another place it reads “KEVIN NOLAN: I DON’T MISS NEWCASTLE”
    and says “They are really missing me aren’t they!”

    blind journalism or deaf journalism from the stars??

  • davis_toons

    Dec 1, 2011 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #13

    For me this guy is captain quality no matter where he goes.

    My true words as well …Brilliant captain. Respect him as a player.. respect him as a gentleman too

    If he is still here, and cant get into the 1st team we shld all be glad that he is in the backup.

    Btw, for me the board dont prove much by sending JB away for FREE. They should try getting 500k -1 million for him.

    Take the money gave it to the people working in Sport Direct as a bonus or whatever. They will be more than happy to receive it. Or give away 50% discount some on gate tickets, most fans would welcome that.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 1, 2011 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #14

    With less than 10-12 million Anelka is a good bid. French as well. Even thou his age.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 1, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Loven, Smith and 1 more player to make way for Anelka will be good.

    I will be more than happy to see Anelka coming to St James Park!

  • seantoon

    Dec 1, 2011 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #16

    I hope your right Davis, don’t agree on the price though . It’s alot of money I think he’s 31 now

  • bills-son

    Dec 1, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Nolan – great captain for NUFC and will get a great reception when he returns to the Toon.

    Sign Anelka? Can’r believe some fans want that. Way past his best, will get worse not better and will cost a packet. Not a chance Pardew or Adshley will sign him. Those days are long gone at NUFC.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 1, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Danny Simpson wanted more. He might be the next out.

    AP have ald warn him. Sign or being Ship out!

    He say he had got no problem in Newcastle or is he trying to tell us he has go no problem even if shipped out?

  • davis_toons

    Dec 1, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #19

    This club wont be threaten btw…

  • davis_toons

    Dec 1, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #20

    Sean, Anelka defo have 1-2 years left. is worth the amount. Imo

    eg. 8 million – 4 million per season. Fair enough for his quality. Imo, Not more then 12million. (Dnt think the Club will pay also)

    He can score goals thats for sure n tested. Just gutted if Spus got him at maybe 8 million or below.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #21

    I don’t know why anyone is talking about Anelka. It’s not going to happen. Waste of finger tip skin.

  • Stuart

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #22

    The club wont sign Anelka for the simple reason that he will have absolutely no sell on value.

    We buy them young so that we get their best years, then when we sell them we make a profit.

    Anelka would cost at least £8m like you say davis, but in MA’s eyes thats 4m per season without even the slimmest hope of a profit.

    Won’t happen.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #23

    a person having 6 months would nt cost more than 2 – 2.5 million,

    i agree we should nt buy anelka

  • markmac

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #24

    Good lad nobby, miss the chicken celebration….

  • davybtoon

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #25

    Don’t here Nolan moaning n goin on about bonuses Barton shud take note, Nolan showed class ever since he left even though he probably gutted to leave

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #26

    Hope you are OK Ed? No new articles. It’s got me a bit worried.

  • davybtoon

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #27

    Hughes fav for scum job I’d rather they got oneill I rate Hughes highly as a manager

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #28

    Sorry but Anelka is crap, he used to be class but age is taking its toll he cant get in a team tht cant score goals, and are u seriously suggesting spending 8-10 million on a 31 yr old who would be on atleast 60k per week for 2 year is good business? Your loopy haha just a total waste of money, not only that hes available for free anyways in jan apparently and even if he wasnt free hes only got 6 month left on his contract so 2million would be max…. Anyways dont want him

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 1, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #29

    hope ed IS fine

  • funkness

    Dec 1, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #30

    Ed, seriously – how can you even say that “Nolan has always been a class act”?
    He was the one appearing on Liverpool TV, telling everyone how great a career move Carrol was making and so on. Yes he scored a lot of goals, but that was mainly when Carroll was still here, and he could feed from the big guys knockdowns. He was average at best from January and onwards, and getting him shipped out for £4m was a very good piece of business.

    I am continuously delighted that he is no longer at our club. He is a big ego attention seeker ..

  • stuart no9

    Dec 1, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #31

    all you who say JB should shut up talking about our owners , should remember that when you write your posts.The amount of fans that have mentioned his name on this topic is amazing, as it had nothing to do with him. If your sick of him then dont mention him.Talking about joey!, i had to smile when i read the article about fatty instructing his legal team coz joey called him acretin and an ayatollah….which is simply his opinion and thousands of nufc fans opinion so what? what are they going to do about it?…. and then lamparse saying ” joey making headlines again in the week when newcastle are mourning the loss of a legend” first of all legends and ashly and lamparse dont go together, the same way history and ashley and lamparse dont click.then for him to mention speedy in this article( when he had no need to) is nothing but sick. D oes he even know who gary speed was let alone know who he played for ? since when has he felt sympathy anybody? i suggest he stops this pretence of sympathy for gary, as he is nothing but a fraud and makes me vomit. ON SATURDAY THEY WILL SEE WHAT PASSION IS ALL ABOUT , I HOPE THEY ARE THERE AND LEARN FROM IT

  • toonincheek

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Barton / Nolan. Compare, Discuss.
    Exam question – two lines only for answer.

  • Lynxie

    Dec 1, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Joey Barton is a reformed alcoholic who is working hard to control his demons. I cant wait until he is a reformed gobshite and trouble maker, trying to control his twitter account.

  • martoon

    Dec 1, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #34

    Nolan is not the greatest midfield player but his goals make him invaluable to any team. In fact I’m surprised when you say he has only scored 4 for West Ham because his name seems to pop up on Soccer Saturday goalscorers nearly every other week!
    Azrail Malaysia – I must admit exactly the same thought had crossed my mind about Gary Speed’s death but maybe we have watched to many films!

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Top player,quality commander n captain.
    Was always in the right place to put the ball in the net.
    Thought we’d have missed him a lot more but Cabaye has been a top buy and Guthrie has done a stellar job.


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