A big thanks to Kevin Nolan

The Mackem slayer
Recently news has broken that Kevin Nolan is going down to West Ham for a medical. It has been claimed by Justin Lockwood and Real Radio, and the usual twitter “insiders”.

So I just thought I’d take this opportunity to say thanks to our inspirational captain and good luck to him if he is to move on from Newcastle. People may have thought that signing Nolan back in our relegation season was a poor buy; well it maybe was, that year anyway. Nolan was virtually non-existent after his red card for an awful tackle on Victor Anichebe.

That summer we got relegated I thought Nolan would be the first out of the door, he owed nothing to the club and he had no reason to stay, but his heart was in it. Nolan and co transformed the team which was gutless and tame to a team which fought for the cause and gave blood for the shirt, and that’s what we all love to see.

In our promotion season Nolan was an inspirational on field captain scoring 18 very important goals which led to us winning the league and returning to the Premier league at the first time of asking. Nolan even got criticised while playing in the Championship as he’s a big lad, but that didn’t stop him smashing in the goals.

In our first season back in the Premier league Nolan scored 12 goals which kept us up. Without the likes of Nolan in the team we would have certainly struggled a lot more. Also the team spirit carried on after the appointment of Pardew which is a credit to the players and the captain for being professional even though they were fans of Hughton. This season we’ve seen the “Funky Chicken” 12 times and every time it’s been brilliant, but I will never forget his four goals against the Mackems, and for that he will always be a Newcastle legend.



But on the other hand I can see Ashley’s point of view, he’s getting older and not getting any fitter and under the current regime we’re looking to build a young squad, and I just feel that Nolan doesn’t fit into that mould. I would love for Nolan to stay, and I’m sure a lot of us would, but I can’t see him being a guaranteed first teamer and I think that’s what he wants.

I also do not blame Ashley for not giving him the five year deal which he wishes, so I feel that it’s a no win situation for both parties. We lose a good squad player, but if we did give him a new deal he would be deadwood like Smith and on a big contract in a few years time.

With 30 goals in 91 games Nolan has really done his job at Newcastle and that’s all we ask as fans. He’s gave everything to the club in his time and is an inspirational captain, and that is what I think we will miss. But I for one will never boo Nolan, he’s been a brilliant captain and some men before him such as Michael Owen are not fit to lace his boots.

Good luck Super Kev, Thanks for everything!

209 thoughts on “A big thanks to Kevin Nolan

  1. Sorry last one was supposed to look like

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    Jonas———–Barton
    —-Tiote—-Nolan—-

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  2. Rodzilla-Aye that’s the problem, not really anyone worth poaching in my book, take Ba on a free if we can though. Don’t rate Parker, Cole, Upson, Green, Tomkins……Noble and Spektor are alright, but they’d never be first teamers so Ba would be the only one worth going for…

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  3. [email protected], good rationing. Thing is, Nolan played best for us when he played off the striker. I.E. when we had Carroll, as every other striking option we had was poor. If we do bring in some decent CFs we’ll have little use for him anyway. Maybe this is the board’s plan?

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  4. Well I am not entirely happy at the timing of letting Nolan go, again we are clearing out before we’ve really got the number of new players in and I just hope we don’t regret it (remember selling Sir Les to Spurs just as Shearer knackered his knee / ankle)

    For Nolan’s sake I hope West Ham are offering him 5 years, cos ineffect we offered him 4 on big money and he wanted / needed longer

    As for Bartons tweeks – there is a hint of the old Barton there, shouting his gob off (or tweeting his fingers off) which will only serve to hasten his own departure – and similar to Nola, we have offered JB a decent extension to his contract which he has turned down

    For all his faults, Ashley is not going to be bullied by players & their agents; so long as Pardew brings in the replacements then we shouldbe healthier, stronger, fitter and better equipped for the next 4 years

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  5. Nolan “was” a good player for us, but his value is fading. His mobility isn’t good enough for the premiership anymore. A good captain and we owe him for getting us back up, but it’s evident that KN himself thinks he isnt good enough for the prem by signing for WHU. Sam’s bang it long, out-muscle you style will suit KN.
    Yes, NUFC need some new players and I fear a lack of identity when players like KN are sold, but on talent alone it’s not a bad deal.

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  6. ….he could just be a straight swap for Ba, which could be a decent bit of business. Only thing is though, his apparent crockability. We could have another Carl Cort on our hands. 😐

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  7. Ba,

    No it wouldn’t be a good bit of business. Ba has a release clause in his contract stating he can leave on a free, his future is out of West Ham’s hands anyway

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  8. look lads……….let me calm everyone down as it is very obvious what has gone on here and to deduce whats goign on all we have to do is look at the past and also the current goings on. Ashley has ALWAYS sold to buy.. its the way he does things. It dont matter if we agree on it or not… its his way and he is the man (a bit fat fuka at that!)… anyway… we want strikers but dont want to pay any money for them. We dont want to pay for anyone for that matter. We have got a mid field busting at the gut. We wnet in for Ba as free.. and also knocked back west hams offer for nolan last week. Then Ba’s agent says he wants two million for the deal to go through. Next day – hey presto Nolan is off to West Ham… ffs its a swap deal and west ham pay the agent fee. Thats exactly what has gone on here and i bet that we announce Ba at exact same time we announce nolan gone… put money on it..

    NOW………..all you have to do is ask your self one question…..are you happy with that deal???

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  9. Tiote will be off to ANC for up to 6 weeks next season, suppose we can chuck one of the kids in then

    If anyone gets injured or hits a run of bad form I suppose we just chuck the kids in

    We’ve basically spent nothing yet as most accounts are saying 4 million plus extras for Nolan – we prob made at least 10 million plus the money from Carroll sale 35 million so thats gives us 45 million to spend

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  10. craig,

    His agent fee has absolutely nothing to do with West Ham.

    we sold AC for 35 million in January let me remind you. We do not HAVE to sell Nolan to West Ham to sign Demba Ba, agent fee or not !!!

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  11. Sold to buy where the hell is the 35million from Carroll. That was promised to appease everybody. If Nolan goes his Toon`s net outgoings will be zero so far, they will be closely followed by Barton and Enrique these guys have been the backbone of the club. All the fat man wants is yes men in who have no spine so he can run the club in the way that he wants. You cannot remove the backbone of your team like this and not suffer from it.

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  12. I’m expecting our next big signing to be that defender from Swansea, then jose out the door, signing after that gardner from brum and poss Ba – all are current championship players!

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  13. 162….lets get the full story first, there might be a bigger picture, you just never know. i agree we are off to our worst window ever it true blood and guts ashley fashion but we have time on our side to get in a midfielder and that slot of Nolans is one of the easier dilemas we have right now and to me, is not a priority…. getting a mid fielder in is not even on my mind at the minute. getting a left back to repalce jose, a left wing to replace jonas and a bloke who can score some goals as we have lost our two top scorers from last season, they are more important right now. we have to presume that we will loose jose, jonas, colo and barton now… they will be gone before we kick a prem ball.

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  14. In the short term we will miss Nolan but in the medium to long term we won’t. Why, because he is turning 29 next month and wants a long term deal which would take him well into the 30’s. Reports are that it is a 4m deal hence we’ve received the same amount we paid for someone who will only drop in value. All that being said, thank you Kevin Nolan, you did well for Newcastle United scoring many important goals from midfield but the time has come for us to replace you with a younger and better player.

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  15. Also another thing worth pointing out-“You need your captain on the pitch at all times” Theory is pretty void. ManU-Neville, Spurs-King, Fabregas-Arsenal. All of these captains of top teams have missed huge chunks of this season, and the same with others in seasons gone by, its not a neccessity. Look at nicky butt two years ago….

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  16. I’ll judge fatty now….verdict, he’s a cnut, I shall however judge him again at the end of the window 😉

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  17. [email protected]… i am aware that Ba’s agent has naff al lto do with the deal etc… what i am saying to you is that we have sold nolan to get the 2 million for Ba and his agent. Ba is free man.. that dont mean he is free to us mate. All free agents take a sign on fee and Ba wants about a million quid i think plus his agent cut. Ashley will not lay out nay money.. .none. we have to generate our own from sales.. so nolan is gone.

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  18. craig,

    I know how it works with agent fees etc, thanks for pointing it out though just incase I had no experience of football transfers what so ever.

    It’s a theory you have which is fair enough.

    According to your theory then, who did we sell to fund Cabaye?

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  19. hey toonsy….i wanna try and see you put a positive spin on this if you can mate? 😀

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  20. Can I put another spin on this before I leave for home and the 1 1/2 journey.

    As skipper should Nolan out of everyone have dug his heels in and played on for the rest of his contract and then seen where he stands? If he gets an extension or if the club grant him a free. I just think that its a bit Judas all over again. I wouldnt mind so much if he was going to a decent club, but he is dropping down a league.

    I just dont think it is indicative of this so called leadership and team spirit we are all bleating on about.

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  21. Raffo – yep, I agree with your point. The answer is, “none of ’em”.

    But that does leave the problem of leadership. Who in there is the leader?

    For me you need leaders in defence and midfield, And they need to have good English and preferably an undeniable passion for the club. That’s why Saylor is being mentioned. I agree that it’s too early, but he did a great job for the England U21s as skipper and could do for us.

    Just not sure the other players like him that much!

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  22. Raffo-Dunno if i can be bothered to get into this whole player club argument, but in opposition to what you say you can easily say

    The club saw the offer of 1.5 as derisory-and thereby made it clear they were perfectly willing to sell him, no intention of keeping him around. Whilst the club didn’t agree to Nolans deal, nor have they talked more on contracts-we’ve only really heard the clubs side of the story and you can just as simply say the club pissed on both Nolan and Barton in terms of contracts, and Nolan had had enough of that crap.

    Now I’m not saying I agree with all of that, far from it, but slagging him off and saying he’s disloyal. Surely it proves something is wrong if he’s actually willing to go to a Championship team? Can’t be for the money can it…

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  23. I agree that Colo has to be a contender for Captain, though – but is he a leader? Playing ability has nowt to do with it. Also, that armband can give a player other things to think about and ruin their game. We know Saylor can do it, but has Colo got any experience of ‘captaining’? (Is that a word?)

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  24. “what i am saying to you is that we have sold nolan to get the 2 million for Ba and his agent.”

    “nolan is cabaye and routledge is ba.. next question pls”

    You fancy straight talking and telling me which side you believe? Or do you just want to admit you were talking utter rubbish and trying to pass it off as fact?

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  25. I hope Barton is next out the door , his twittering is making him look a twatter . The truth is out , these guys are in it for the money and not the love of the club . Nolan will be west hams biggest earner and thats why he is dropping a division .If he was as great a footballer as he was a leader then he would be going to a team like Arsenal that are a cut above where he was and they could do with a battler .Truth is his goals apart he was good but not international class and thats why he has never played for England . Thanks for the two good seasons Kev and please take your mate Joey with you .

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  26. Whumpie-Aye I know what you mean, I’ve said a couple of times I’m not sure if he’s vocal or strong enough mentally for captaincy. Obviously he’ll be better than people like Owen, I just think he would have worked well in combination either under Nolan or perhaps over Barton, Barton providing the verbal ammunition and Colo providing a cool head….but you’re right, no experience apart from a game we played against deportivo in pre-season to my knowledge, not sure if he’s been captain anywhere else…

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  27. The question is we had a poor squad size wise last year and I’ll be very surprised if end up with a bigger squad.

    Also huge risk replacing experienced PL quality player with imported players is very risky.

    I would want to hear Pardews thoughts on this before slaughtering the board. If he sanctioined it I have no problem with the decision, if he didn’t I’m worried!

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  28. Thanks for the goals, but I wont thank you for convincing Carroll that he should go to the bindippers, then have the cheek to go on to lfctv and tell the bindippers how good a player they were getting. A captain should convince players to stay not go.
    Im sure there will be some fans up in arms when Pards make Saylor captain

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  29. Stuart79 I’ve always had you down as an intelligent bloke,but the idea of Pardew sanctioning something does make me laugh,surely thats not how this club works 😆

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  30. hey morerno at 190………dont be a dick as i am tlaking truth . its irrelevant who is for what as long as the money is the same or better for ashley. QPR for routledge at 1.5 million. Nolan is 3-5 we dont know yet. cabaye was 4.5 i think, this will give slight negative for ashely at minute but he will catch up whn he flogs jose for 10 million etc nad buys in for 5 tops. Look to your history under ashely. eveything is always counter balanced.

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  31. Tiote for captain anyone , you can say what you want but the lad has energie and fight to burn . Would gee the lads up like 😈

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  32. Axel-but can he yet control himself? And who’s there to put an arm round and have a quiet word if he’s getting worked up? And can he speak English properly?

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  33. QPR for routledge at 1.5 million??

    Where you getting that from?

    you said we were selling Nolan to fund Ba, then you changed your mind and said we sold routledge for Ba and we sold Nolan for Cabaye?

    I am not being a dick, I am just confused as you are contradicting yourself with your own statements?

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  34. Oh by the way, I asked routledge about him being sold and he said this…

    WayneRoutledge Wayne Routledge
    Football world Is going crazy! as for me all I know is I report for pre season on the 5th in the Toon atm!!! #thatisall

    Want to change your mind about your theory again?

    Has more holes in it than swiss cheese!

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  35. Lads I do think Pards was behind the idea, because I dont think its a good thing to have a captain that wields to much power. IMO its the managers job to run the team not the captains.

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  36. Dave,

    that just makes us wonder if pards is telling us the truth every time he speaks to us or whether him and Ash plan it all for PR and to keep the fans/players onside.

    I reckon the latter. icedog will tell you all about that pardew running his mouth 😉

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  37. moreno… you are clearly not listening to anything i say lol lol… its all about end of window balances man. its not as tidy as exact one in and one out. its the bottom line at close of window/ it wil lbe balancedf out in his favor… always .

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  38. You said we sold Nolan to West Ham solely to pay Ba’s agent fee of 2 million and that we should have all seen that and you were enlightening us.

    ““nolan is cabaye and routledge is ba.. next question pls””

    “its not as tidy as exact one in and one out”

    Eh? I really don’t get you mate, I reckon we will just have to leave it there…

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  39. The one thing I don’t get is the idea that Jonas and Colo are automatically out of here if Nolan and Barton are sold. How long are their contracts? Jose is his own story, and we’ve known for a long time that he could leave. I’d like Jonas to stick around, but Colo would be a huge loss. I’m not sold on Williamson or Steven Taylor, so having them as our first-choice CB pairing would be a nightmare.

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  40. Nolan has two years to run on his contract. Club offered two year extension. Think my granny if she was still alive would be quicker than captain Tugboat is now, let alone several years down the line. He could have stayed for next 4 years but followed the cash to Wet Spam.
    Been a great captain and contributed important goals. Think his mouth at times has got carried away with him, earlier in the year he wa in the press virtually daily spouting his words of wisdom. Didn’t agree with how he handled the Andy Carroll transfer, encouraging him to go and popping up on Liverpool FC TV to congratulate them on signing our star player. Worry about losing his leadership skills but not too bothered he’s going. Plenty of options available

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