I spent most of yesterday wondering where the ‘source close to Nolan’ from the News Of The World had gone and I’m pleased to say he’s popped up today. Allegedly Nolan is positively fuming at the lack of support he received from Pardew over his new contract and eventual departure from the club.
The ‘source close to Nolan’ said:
“Kevin is disappointed with Alan Pardew. Kevin is especially disappointed because he made a point of supporting the manager when he first arrived at Newcastle.
“He thinks Pardew paid lip-service to keeping him at Newcastle. He feels let down and he’s furious with his former manager. Kev expected him to try harder to keep him at the club during contract talks.
“The incentives they wanted put in Kev’s contract were all about how high up the league table Newcastle finished. “They are managers’ clauses, not players’. If they’d wanted him to be manager, they should have given him the job.“
Nolan feels particularly let down because he gave Pardew his full support when he took over from Hughton. Nolan continues:
“It was a very difficult time for Alan Pardew to take over and the support of the club captain was crucial. He needed Kevin Nolan on board and Kevin made sure the dressing room moved forward with the new manager.
“When the crunch came, the manager did not reciprocate the support and that was very disappointing. Kevin was a big character who helped him settle in and that was forgotten.“
It did seem a bit odd that Pardew had stated that contracts such as Nolan’s and Barton’s were his ‘priority’ going into the summer, and of course they failed to materialise in any useful way. I’ve made my thoughts clear on this in a previous post: I don’t blame Pardew because I think Ashley made all the decisions about Nolan’s and Barton’s contracts anyway, and Pardew was simply out of the loop.
That’s just my insignificant opinion of course.
The replacement of older, more experienced players with younger, more French players will be tested next season and I hope it pays off. If truth be told, I have no strong opinions as to whether it will or not, although I admit I have some trepidation about it. And said trepidation might increase depending upon whether or not Barton sees out next year at our club and which other – if any – experienced players leave.
But I’m not called the King of Cool for nothing. Or even at all if I’m honest.
Oh, and bear in mind the ‘source close to Nolan’ might simply be a bored hack looking for a story!