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Former Captain Kevin Nolan Talks About Rafa Benitez

12:31 pm, Friday, August 5th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

Kevin Nolan had been at Newcastle less than  six months when we were relegated to the Championship six years ago – and Kevin couldn’t even get his place in the team after he joined us for £4M from Bolton in January, 2009.

Although Nolan wasn’t the captain during the Championship season in 2009-2010, he was one of our key players who showed outstanding leadership that allowed us to get straight back to the Premier League with 102 points and 30 wins in May, 2010.

Kevin has been talking about Rafa Benitez today on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, and what some Newcastle players have told him about the new gaffer.

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Kevin Nolan – former Newcastle captain

This is what Kevin has said about the former Liverpool manager:

“He’s recruited well. Looking at it, they’re going to be strong. They have fantastic support,”

“Speaking to the boys up there, they love what Rafael Benitez is doing up there.”

“Hopefully they can turn that corner and get back to what we had a few years ago.”

We are heavily favored to do very well this season in the Championship, but you never know what’s going to happen – especially after the last two disastrous seasons.

Kevin had a huge impact on Tyneside, but he only stayed for two and a half years before he left the club for West Ham United and Sam Allardyce – his former manager at Bolton Wanderers.

Kevin played 91 games for Newcastle with 30 goals – including that famous hat-trick in the 5-1 pounding of Sunderland in October 2010.

And to think that was only five weeks before Chris Hughton was fired as the manager.


Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Kevin Nolan · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 5, 2016 at 12:34 PM


    Cheers for that info. To be honest, even though i suspected scam, it was confirmed when he said “online form”. Bt have noted the scam, and are planning to put some kind of warning out there. Pity no one seems to be able to stop them.

  • 2 Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // Aug 5, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Nobby you greedy twat woudnt sign new contract with us because west scam offered 5k a week more even though your family was settled in the north shoite player anyway

  • 3 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 5, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Id love to have the skills to send a virus to thier phone system and FUBAR it.

  • 4 Ron Knee // Aug 5, 2016 at 12:47 PM


    He’s our WUM du jour.

  • 5 Average_Contents // Aug 5, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Didn’t realise he had a near 1 in 3 ratio. How anyone can say he was shite is beyond me.

    Good player, great captain and an excellent bloke. Gave his all for us and was duly sh1t on for speaking out along with a few others.


    I knew you’d of figured it out but just thought I’d give a little explanation of what they’d try and do.

    No worries.


  • 6 Kabul Fish // Aug 5, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Loved Nolan and his chicken dance whilst he was here. Was certainly a few characters knocking around then

  • 7 Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // Aug 5, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    You couldn’t make it up,or can’t you get it up.keep your personal opinions to yourself

  • 8 Lindisfarne // Aug 5, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Surpass what we had a few years ago, Kevin

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