Kevin Nolan will always have a place in Newcastle United history, scoring a hat-trick against Sunderland does tend to stick in the memory a little bit…
Contributing absolutely nothing in his first half season at St james Park, not scoring a single goal as Newcastle were relegated in 2008/09.
His two full seasons were a different matter.
Playing as a second striker really, rather than an attacking midfielder, Kevin Nolan scored 17 goals in the promotion season and then another 10 as Newcastle stabllised in the Premier League.
However, it was at that very point when out of the blue he was told he was no longer wanted, despite those 27 league goals in his last 74 games.
Some unknown (to most of us despite being a French international) called Yohan Cabaye arriving to replace him, the start of Mike Ashley’s new strategy if buying overseas equals value.
Now after four years at West Ham, he is reported to have made an agreement to be released by West Ham, with Slaven Bilic making it clear that he won’t be in his first eleven when everybody is fit.
Ironically, Kevin Nolan started Saturday’s match as Captain but was subbed at half-time with the Hammers 2-0 down to Bournemouth.
Nolan set to leave despite having another year on a £50,000 a week contract. I wish a few Newcastle players who aren’t up to it (past and present), would agree to tear their contracts up, instead of holding on until the bitter end
Nolan’s friend and former teammate Matthew Etherington has put the following message on Twitter:
“Good luck to Kev Nolan on his next chapter, a top man and served West Ham United FC well.”
Kevin Nolan recently met manager Slaven Bilic for talks and afterwards said if he wasn’t getting first team football he wanted to move elsewhere.
“I have made my feelings known that I don’t want to be sitting on the bench. I want to be playing and give my all in training. If that’s good enough, then great. If not we’ll have to sit down and see where we go from there.
“I’ve really enjoyed the last three or four weeks playing in Europe. I’m coming to the tail-end of my career and I’ve got to do what’s best for me and my family.”
With four goals in three games against Sunderland (also scored at the Stadium of Light in a 1-1 draw), Kevin Nolan produced some great memories for Newcastle fans.
Whenever Halloween comes around I always think of that day, it will be five years ago when we reach 31 October this year.
Let’s hope the new batch of players at Newcastle can change the recent embarrassing record in the derby matches, with United managing to keep the mackems up the last few years with the points that have been gifted.
Good luck to Kevin Nolan wherever he ends up.
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