Former West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan has been appointed the new manager at Notts County. The League Two club sits in 22nd place in the division, just one point above the relegation zone after losing their last 10 matches.
With a transfer embargo on the club due to unpaid bills, Nolan will have a tough time in the January transfer window to make moves for the club. One player he may bring in to help the cause is himself, but with the embargo he is unable to get on the pitch straight-away.
KN: "I can't play at the minute because of the embargo but it is something to be discussed in the coming weeks."— Notts County FC (@Official_NCFC) January 12, 2017
Nolan continued during his press conference to admit that his playing days are not yet behind him. “I still want to play so you may see me out on the pitch as a player," he said.
Nolan has a fair share of experience with a relegation battle, and having worked with Sam Allardyce, he feels he has a fair understanding of how to deal with one, too.
KN: "I worked with Sam Allardyce for almost 14 years. If I can emulate his success here it will be absolutely fantastic."— Notts County FC (@Official_NCFC) January 12, 2017
The 34-year-old played under Big Sam at Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham during his career.
“If I can take anyone's advice at this time it would be Sam's. He has been in these situations before and had tremendous success,” Nolan said. "Sam Allardyce encouraged me to come here."
Nolan was the player-manager with Leyton Orient last season, but was relieved of his duties after 15 games, despite winning seven of them. His experience at Orient did not turn him away from the management side of football.
“My time at Leyton Orient did not put me off, it has made me more hungry to be successful,” Nolan said.
Nolan arrived at West Ham in 2011 and was immediately installed as captain. He played 157 games for West Ham in all competitions, scoring 31 goals.