Former Newcastle United captain, Kevin Nolan spoke to Newcastle Fans TV about his career on Tyneside.
When asked what convinced him to stay on Tyneside following their 2009 relegation, Nolan said: “I got an offer to go back to Bolton and I just laughed. I’m not one who goes about trying to prove people wrong because that’s not me but I did not want anyone thinking that I had not given 110%.”
Nolan proved to be a key part of Newcastle’s 2009/10 promotion campaign and was given the captaincy in that season. In October of the following season, the man from Toxteth became the first player since Peter Beardsley in 1985 to score a hat-trick in a Tyne/Wear derby.
Reminiscing from this career highlight, he said: “Even now when I come back [to the city of Newcastle], people have already spoken about it today. It’s quite scary because when you go away from Newcastle you forget but, when you come back, you just feel the buzz again and you just think wow what a couple of years I had here and I feel very honoured.”
Nolan, in the recent past, has kicked off his coaching career with player-manager roles at Leyton Orient and Notts County. Currently unemployed, the midfielder is still eager to get back into management: “I always wanted to be a manager and I am looking forward to my next appointment.”