Two seasons ago, plenty of people were calling for then-international manager Sven-Goran Eriksson to pick Kevin Nolan for England. The Bolton midfielder bagged eleven goals during season 2005/6 to help his team finish eighth in the Premiership. How the tables have turned for the Trotters’ 25-year-old captain, who found himself subject to boos from his own fans on Wednesday evening when being substituted against Derby County. The BBC report that his manager Gary Megson doesn’t like it one bit.
“We were all disappointed at what happened. You do not like to hear that sort of thing,” he said.
“Kevin was playing with 11 stitches in his head and an injection in his ribs.”
“No other player here cares more about Bolton than Kevin Nolan. He wears his heart on his sleeve,” he said. “He is the first name on the team sheet and will continue to be so.
“Kevin was upset but only because it was 0-0 at the time and we were not playing particularly well.
“But he was swinging all over my neck when Stelios scored. That just shows you what he is like.”
However, surely any manager should judge a player on form rather than how much he happens to care for the club. Nolan’s loss of form has been one of the reasons why Bolton happen to be struggling this term and, despite his unswerving loyalty to the badge, the Trotters captain and his team might benefit from a stint on the bench.