Allardyce, just like any other manager, occasionally loses his rag and Collison has explained how he dealt with the verbal onslaught which occasionally arrived in the team’s direction from Big Sam.
“I always used to sit in the corner or try to sit next to Kevin Nolan who would always give a little bit back,” said Collison.
Nolan hasn’t had the best season for the Hammers, but his quality and skill as a leader is undoubted.
He’s done a decent job when he’s come into the midfield, but West Ham have coped well when he’s not been in the side.
What’s unique about Nolan is what he offers when he’s not on the pitch as well as his experience when he is given a run out in any game for the Hammers.
He sticks up for his teammates on the pitch by getting in the face of the opposition and ensuring the referee is fair and he sticks up for his teammates in the dressing room, if he feels the criticism aimed at the side is unfair.
It’s important that any player at West Ham stands up for himself and the team, with Nolan having the experience of knowing what and how much he can get away with when he does challenge the boss.
It’s fine as long as he never oversteps the mark.