News today that former Newcastle midfielder and captain Kevin Nolan is reported in the London Evening Standard to be stepping down as Leyton Orient player-manager tomorrow.
There are various reports in London that Leyton Orient owner Francesco Becchetti will hold a meeting tomorrow and ask Kevin to resign from his player-manager – in both capacities.
The former Newcastle captain, who scored a hat-trick against Sunderland in the 5-1 win in October 2010 only took the Orient job in January.
Kevin Nolan – a great Newcastle captain
Nolan managed the club for 14 games with seven wins and two draws for a 50% win rate – as they climbed the table.
But it seems the owner fancies himself as a coach and wants to have more influence on team selection – and if that’s the case Kevin is better away from the club.
Francesco Becchetti is a controversial character and was given a six-match stadium ban and fined £40K by the FA in January after being found guilty of violent conduct.
The 49-year-old Italian’s punishment was for an incident at the end of Orient’s 3-2 home win against Portsmouth on Boxing Day when TV cameras showed him taking a kick at the club’s assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler on the pitch after the final whistle.
Kevin Nolan was fantastic as the Newcastle captain from 2010-2011 when he left the club for West Ham.
The 33 year-old also helped Newcastle come straight back up when we were last relegated in May 2009, only five months after Kevin joined Newcastle from Bolton in January 2009.
He is exactly the type of player we are missing at Newcastle these days and apparently Steve McClaren tried to sign the then free agent in October – probably because of the influence he could have in the Newcastle dressing room.
As far as playing goes, he is now way past his best, but he’s the type of leader we need at Newcastle these days, maybe initially as a coach.
That’s especially true if we are relegated – which now looks very likely – since Kevin has experience of what it takes to come straight back up.
If Newcastle had any initiative they would sign Kevin up – so we know that will not happen.
Kevin played for Newcastle 91 times with 30 goals during his short two and a half year stay with us.
He has everything it takes to become a very successful manager in the future – even a successful Newcastle United manager.