Kevin Nolan has left the club today. We wish him well in his future endeared. Good luck Kevin. dg pic.twitter.com/ZTEBcDHxaM— David Gold (@davidgold) August 27, 2015
Kevin Nolan helped lead us out of a difficult time at West Ham. I want to thank him for his efforts and wish him well for the future. dg— David Gold (@davidgold) August 27, 2015
Nolan, who made 154 appearances for the Hammers, scoring 31 goals, was a key part of Sam Allardyce’s set-up at the club since signing in 2011.
However, it was clear that the 33-year-old was losing the best of his abilities, and with Slaven Bilic bringing in a number of players this summer, his place was always under threat in the side.
He willingly dropped down to the Championship in 2011 to sign the Allardyce, despite offers to remain in the Premier League as an established top flight player, and helped the club achieve promotion back to the first division.
He then played a key role in keeping the Irons in the top flight, and although he has never been the most typical ‘West Ham player’, it is hard to deny his influence at the club.
Renowned for his less-than technical style of football and his ability in a long-ball team, Nolan, like Allardyce, was always seen as an outsider, and his departure will be met with happiness by a number of fans as the club look to revert to their traditions.
However, his role in East London should not go forgotten, and Gold has thanked him for all the work he did helping the club establish themselves back in the top flight.