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Sam tells unhappy players to adopt Nolan attitude

NolanSam Allardyce has pointed discontented Hammers players towards Kevin Nolan and toldf them to adopt his attitude.

The manager – writing in his London Evening Standard column recently – said that “one  of the by-products of having a much stronger squad this season has been that some of our players are missing out on game time and they’re not happy.”

He said: I haven’t had too many knocks on my door at the training ground and hopefully the unlucky players understand and said: “They have a choice – they can be disappointed and petulant or disappointed and professional.”

The speaking of Nolan he said: “Kevin Nolan illustrated the best way to come back recently. To say he wasn’t pleased to be left out is an understatement but since he’s come back, he has channelled his anger and aggression into two fine performances for the team.

“It was a case of ,“I’ll show you, I’ll prove you wrong – I’ll make sure you don’t dare leave me on the bench again”.

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And he made it clear: “The bottom line this season, from the captain through to everyone else, is that their places are less guaranteed than at any time since they’ve been at the club.

“They may not like that but it is certainly a comfortable feeling for the manager – even if I don’t find leaving people out of the team easy at all.”

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4 comments on “Sam tells unhappy players to adopt Nolan attitude

  1. that is a load of tosh – I am not saying Nolan’s attitude is not great – but he has been our poorest player in the past 3 games by a country mile. Have you noticed how Song will not pass to Nolan unless he has no other option? BFS is making more excuses to keep him in the side. When Noble is fit it will be very interesting how Sam plays it?

  2. Hardly a load of Tosh. The headline is about attitude, not performance.

    After the way he was treated at the game v QPR his attitude has been impeccable and IS an example to the other players. We need to make sure that there is the right blend of skill and good attitude in the squad, and lately Nolan has provided plenty of the latter.

  3. We have won 3 and drawn one, 10 points from 12, since he came back. He is playing as a defensive midfielder not as a no 10 behind the striker so playing Zarate or Alanfitano is not an option. It’s Nobles place and he’s not fit so it’s not an issue, thank God we have him.

  4. Nolan actually recorded the most distance traveled on our team against swansea. TBH he has been better than before he got dropped.

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