Kevin Nolan to start on Sunday


> at Boleyn Ground on August 9, 2014 in London, England.A recent trend on the West Ham official website is to run an interview with a player about to make their first debut or come back from injury.

In recent games this has happened with Enner Valemcia, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Song and Diego Poyet all of which went on to start after a major profile or interview appeared on the official website the day before the match.

It came as no surprise to Claret and Hugh today that the club website features a major interview with Kevin Nolan ahead of the Hammers derby with QPR on Sunday.

In the WHUFC.com interview Nolan says “I am looking forward to facing a really good friend of mine in Joey Barton, he is a good lad who speaks his mind, which I always find refreshing.

“He sometimes goes too far, but he’s a lovely lad with a big heart and a great family behind him who I know. I captained Joey at Newcastle and he was very respectful of me and helped me in a lot of ways, he was a good voice in the dressing room and it was great to play alongside him.”

If I was a betting man I would say this is the club preparing us for a Kevin Nolan start on Sunday.

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  • Frenchie says:

    This was always going to happen, Allardyce said at the end of last season that the team was going to be based around Nolan and Carroll. Zarate must be wondering why he joined us, a good performance in the first few matches and now forgotten. An injury is the only way Nolan would be left out of an Allardyce team.

  • Hammerman6 says:

    AS I posted earlier in the week……Nolan will walk straight back in and Carroll will do the same, Sam reverting to type. Feel really sorry for Zarate He might as well go home !

    • CaliHammer says:

      same as Hammerman6, said that on an article a few weeks prior…back to slow football we go.

      We have a ton of options now, almost too many it seems… someone will always be left out sadly…and it’s not going to be Nolan as long as Big sam is around

  • sparrow says:

    “He sometimes goes too far, but he’s a lovely lad with a big heart and a great family behind him who I know. ”

    What a strange (and provocative?) comment. A great family? Would that be the brother and cousin convicted of murder? Why did Nolan choose to bring up Barton’s family?

  • Michael Miller says:

    Yes, it’s odds-on that Nolan will walk straight back into the Team – so much for the exciting new style of play as he spends the whole match moaning in the Ref’s ear.

    Why can’t BFS see what the vast majority of the punters can – that Nolan is way past his best and is now only of Championship standard.

    Incidentally, the Ref tomorrow is Anthony Taylor who sticks in my mind as sending Carlton Cole and Darren Gibson both off in the West Ham v Everton match in December 2012 – and both Red Cards getting rescinded – he had a right mare!

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