The club have confirmed the departure of Kevin Nolan this morning after just over four seasons with the club.
The club’s skipper was expected to leave the club after the arrival of Slaven Bilic, but still managed to make five appearances under the Croat, which sparked rumours that he was still very much involved in first team plans.
But after rumours last night went in to overdrive, the club moved to confirm the news that he’d be released.
Nolan’s West Ham career started in brilliant fashion as he scored 13 goals in our promotion season, and then followed that up with 10 goals in our first season back in the Premier League.
Kevin Nolan’s West Ham Career
But as he got older and the team began to improve, his performances understandably started to decline, culminated in fans aiming a barrage of abuse towards him almost every week last season.
He was made the scape goat several times but his leadership skills both and off the pitch were second to none, and most fans will agree with the fact he was one of the best captains we’ve had in years.
However, given the abuse Nolan got from fans last season I half expected a timeline of cheers and celebration following his departure.
But it was quite the opposite, with fans recognising Nolan’s efforts over the last few years and wishing him all the best for the future.
Here’s just a handful of tweets following the club’s announcement…
— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) August 27, 2015
Mark Noble's got big shoes to fill in that dressing room…
— Brett Moore (@BoleynBoy1895) August 27, 2015
He brought everyone & everything together when morale & confidence was at an all time low. Looked after players off the pitch as well.
— SexDrugs&CarltonCole (@S_D_C_C) August 26, 2015
Kevin Nolan's legs went ages ago but he was a good captain, scored important goals and he cared. Deserves some respect #whufc
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) August 27, 2015
All the best to Kevin Nolan. The stick you got wasn't deserved! Scored some very important goals for us. Let's not forget that!
— Stacey Little (@StaceyLittle) August 27, 2015
— Rob Close (@Robs_World) August 27, 2015
not sure how I feel about Nolan going tbh,probably not a premiership player anymore but he got more stick than he deserved
— ⚒MARK⚒ (@m4rk1964) August 27, 2015
Thanks for Everything Captain Kev, Good Luck for the Future.
— Philip 父 Wilkinson 父 (@PW57WHU) August 27, 2015
I'd much prefer adrian always integrates and welcomes the new players straight away – much like nolan
— Louise (@louisewhufc) August 27, 2015
@whufc_official thanks for your leadership in the first couple seasons Kevin and establish this club again. Played a vital part
— Joshua (@JoshuaHearne) August 27, 2015
Best of luck to Kevin Nolan, a very underrated footballer that has been a great asset to the club #COYI
— John E Jones (@JohnJones33) August 27, 2015
Whatever I've said about Nolan in the past & although the time was right, he's been a loyal servant and great captain of West Ham #whufc
— Lewis (@lewisquinn) August 27, 2015
Thank u KN for the brilliant servant u have been 4 our club.Thank u for being the captain tht lead us on tht great day at Wembley in 2013.
— Hammers ⚒ ⚒ ⚒ (@Joey041992) August 27, 2015
Now it's official, just want to say good luck to Kevin Nolan. Was an important player for us and the best captain we've had in a long time.
— Lee White (@lwhitey75) August 27, 2015
Just remember that KN scored the goals 2 get us promoted scored 6 in 3 games 2 keep us up 2 seasons ago Great leader &captain on & off pitch
— RUSTYHAMMER (@DeanoTy) August 27, 2015