Nolan bid is a Bolt from the blue

By Lee Ryder on Aug 27, 09 10:26 PM

At the start of the summer if Bolton Wanderers had admitted they were up for taking back Kevin Nolan there probably wouldn't have been too many complaints on Tyneside.

But after a solid start from the man who rammed home the winner against Huddersfield Town in the Carling Cup many fans have been pleasantly surprised by Nolan's contributions so far.

To be fair it's not like Newcastle can afford to lose any player at the moment due to the paper thin nature of their squad.

Yet Nolan or Nobby as he's known to team-mates could yet prove to be somewhat of an unlikely cult hero at St James's Park.

Already he laid on the first goal for Damien Duff at West Brom, brilliantly kept the ball in play against Reading for Shola to get his second, scored at Palace, made Geremi's goal against Huddersfield and then bagged the winner after leading his side to victory against the Terriers.

All of it a far cry from the early days in Toon.

His home debut at St James's was a disaster and his performances in the Premier League were a million miles away from the player who shot to fame at Bolton after Liverpool showed him the door as a kid.

Nolan though is now settled at Newcastle and with a couple of goals and assists so far, things can only get better.

In reality with Gary Megson under pressure this merely seems like a desperate attempt from the ex-Mag to try to cool things down at the Reebok by bringing back a familiar face, albeit a familiar face they were desperate to take £4.5million for back in January.

A strange move from Meggo...


Andrew Davis said:

Megson should be ashamed of himself and bolton are a crap team and he knows it.

Never go back they say.....

londontoon said:

megson is clutching at straws nolan would not want to go back there unless he is sold by MA..

lee, just going of the subject a bit do you think ashley really wants to sell the club out right? there is a few things he has said in the past, which makes me think that in one way or another hes trying to keep a controlling hand in it? whether its stitching the next buyer up with his life time loan or whatever but i really do think he is trying to have the last laugh here. he doesn't need the money he could live happily ever after with his wife derek, although i hear his wife swapping parties hes been holding at SJP may end there relationship in tears... (and why has nobody put this on youtube are you telling me there isn't one cctv cam in SJP?) will we ever get rid of him? hmmm

toonlad said:

If anyone is entitled to comment on Newcastle - then it's Bobby Moncur the last man to lift a trophy for Newcastle United in '69. So don't knock him just be glad he was there to play for the Toon then as without him we would not even have had the pleasure of the Fairs Cup to recall. He scored 3 goals over the two legs so show him a lot of respect. We could do with a few Bobby Moncurs in todays team!

Yarmouth toon said:

If you have got nothing sensible to contribute turn your computer of and go for a pint, theres a good boy!!!!!!

Simon said:

I would hope that by now the players might have clubbed together and collectively agreed to resist any firesales by MA. MA could happily accept an offer from Bolton but surely it is down to the player to accept it. Why wouldn't he just insist on honouring his contract?


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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