West Ham fans react on Twitter to departure of Kevin Nolan

Kevin Nolan

West Ham confirmed the departure of Kevin Nolan today.

As confirmed by the official West Ham website, Kevin Nolan has left the Boleyn Ground by mutual consent.

The 33-year-old, who scored 31 goals in 157 games for the Hammers, has left due to the lack of playing time guaranteed by head coach Slaven Bilic, after a number of new signings made over the summer.

He had played five times this season prior to his exit this week, and Nolan played a vital role in seeing the Hammers back into the Premier League back in 2012.

He signed from Newcastle in 2011 when the East London side where in the Championship, and captained the Hammers to play-off final success. When promotion was won, he enjoyed a strong campaign back in the top flight, helping Sam Allardyce’s side establish themselves in the Premier League.

His influence waned after that, and he struggled for game time last term, and after Allardyce left the club, it was always expected that Nolan would follow

Despite not being the most technical player, and a central part of Allardyce bringing long ball football to the Boleyn Ground, Nolan will always be respected at the club for the work he did with them, and fans praised him on Twitter when news of his departure came to light.

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