Nolan Doing The Job For Magpies!

Last updated : 21 November 2017 By Footy Mad - Editor

If Yeovil Town are to beat Notts County on Tuesday, they will have to topple a side managed by one of the Premier League's most recognisable names of the last decade.

Image result for Newcastle United Kevin NolanThe job at Meadow Lane is Kevin Nolan's second spell in management after spending three months in charge at Leyton Orient last season.

Nolan took up the reins at the Magpies in January after John Sheridan was sacked with the club having slipped into the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone and won just once at home in the league at that stage of the season.

Since then, the 34-year-old has overseen a dramatic upturn in fortunes since his arrival, easily guiding Notts to safety before steering them to the top of League Two in the early stages of this season, making them good bets for a return to the third tier after a three year absence.

Nolan could even feature against the Glovers on the pitch, having registered himself as a player at Meadow Lane, but having not made an appearance for them, it is highly unlikely he will take to the field.

Considered perhaps the unluckiest English player of the past 15 years not to represent his country, Nolan burst onto the top flight scene as a 19-year-old with Bolton Wanderers in 2001.

A product of the Trotters' youth academy, Nolan was already an integral part of Sam Allardyce's side, but truly announced himself to the wider footballing world by scoring the decisive goal in a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Nolan then incredibly scored another winning goal at Old Trafford the following season, when he struck his only Premier League goal of that campaign in a 1-0 defeat of the side that would go on to become champions that year.

A beacon of consistency as Bolton established themselves as a top flight force under Allardyce, Nolan helped the club to the 2004 League Cup final, where they lost to Middlesbrough, and represented them in Europe as they reached the last 32 of the UEFA Cup in the 2005-06 campaign.

He was made club captain in 2006 after Jay-Jay Okocha left for Qatar and would remain skipper until 2009, when he left for Newcastle United having scored 50 goals in 345 matches at the Reebok Stadium.

Nolan's arrival at St James' Park was not enough to stop the club being relegated at the end of that season, but he played a crucial role as the Magpies won the Championship the following year to secure an immediate return to the top flight.

Having helped Newcastle re-establish themselves in the top flight, Nolan dropped back into the second tier and teamed up with Allardyce once more, this time at West Ham United, where he immediately became captain.

Again, Nolan thrived in the Championship as he helped the Hammers return to the Premier League by beating Blackpool in a tense play-off final.

He remained a mainstay of the West Ham side under Allardyce for the following three seasons, but fell out of favour when Slaven Bilic became manager in the summer of 2015 and left Upton Park that August.

Nolan took a break from football until last January, when he became player-manager at Leyton Orient. His time at Brisbane Road lasted just three months, when he was replaced despite having won seven of his 15 matches in charge.

Now firmly entrenched at Notts County and overseeing their best start to the season in years, Nolan will be hoping that Yeovil will be his next scalp.