Magpies skipper joins former Bolton boss at Upton Park, others to follow Nolan out of St James’ Park?
Newcastle United captain Kevin Nolan has completed his move to West Ham after signing a five-year contract.
The 28-year-old, who played under Hammers manager Sam Allardyce at Bolton, has joined the Championship side for an undisclosed fee.
“Having the chance to link up with Sam again is a massive thing,” said Nolan on the West Ham website.
“West Ham have shown a certain hunger and desire to make sure that I became their player.”
Talks had broken down between Nolan and Newcastle over the length of a new contract.
“I am aware that the club made Kevin a good offer to stay, but could not agree over the contract,” Magpies manager Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette.
Nolan, who is expected to take the captain’s armband at Upton Park, pledged to pay back the faith West Ham had shown in him by giving him a long deal.
“The be all and end all was that this club wanted me and the owners put faith in me and have given me a security of contract,” added Nolan.
“I’m very sad to leave Newcastle but I’m coming to another massive club in my eyes, and hopefully I can be as successful as I was there [at Newcastle].
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Whilst clearly Nolan and Sam Allardyce have a rich history from their time together at the Reebok Stadium one does have to wonder just exactly what the hell is going on at St James’ Park when the club’s skipper elects to drop out of the Premier League in order to leave the club.
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley may have some explaining to do and Alan Pardew will have to hope that others do not follow the former captain out of the club. Kevin Nolan was a tremendously popular player among the club’s supporters and in the dressing room and he will leave a massive hole in the team.
Good news for West Ham though who will be overjoyed at having secured such a quality player.