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Bolton Wanderers: Kevin Nolan return?

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Tom Beresford
Sports journalist. Non-League football reporter. YouTuber, presenter, podcast host. Previously heard on FiveLive and Love Sport Radio. Managed by Epic Sports Management

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Former Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Nolan has been heavily linked with a return to the University of Bolton Stadium, following the departure of Phil Parkinson.

Nolan, who made 296 appearances for the Whites, fell in love with the club during his 10-year association with the football club under Sam Allardyce.

Nolan’s love for the love and the passion and determination that was portrayed on the pitch, captivated the supporters of the Lancashire-based club, and after being linked with the vacant managerial position, the reaction from the fans has been mostly positive.

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In terms of Nolan’s managerial credentials, the Liverpudlian guided Notts County to the play-offs in his debut season at the club, but surprisingly lost his job just weeks into the new season.

Has it always worked out for ex-Bolton players managing the club? The simple answer to that would be no, Owen Coyle is a fine example of that, but I for one feel that the appointment of Nolan would be very timely considering that we’re now in the rebuilding stage in terms of the squad.

With Jason Lowe being the only available senior member of the squad, I think that Nolan will be able to project his passion and knowledge into the dressing room, and there’s always the possibility of Kevin being able to bring names in on loan from some of the ‘bigger clubs’.

On Sky Sports’ the Debate, Plymouth manager, Ryan Lowe offers his thoughts on why Kevin Nolan could be the ‘perfect fit’ for Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

Taking everything into account, Nolan has the experience, the hunger and the passion for the club, but it wouldn’t be an overnight solution for the club. The remainder of the 2019/20 campaign will be spent rebuilding the squad for the next campaign.

The support shown by the fans throughout the season so far, with all the issues going on behind-the-scenes is amicable and heartwarming to say the very least. On a long-term basis, the appointment of Nolan would be perfect for the stability of the football club, and I’m sure that Mr Allardyce could well be on the other end of the phone to offer ‘advice’ to Nolan, who’s still only 37-years of age, let’s not forget that.

With the sale of the club to Football Ventures (Whites) on Wednesday evening, the club can begin rebuilding, and I’m sure that over the course of the season, there’ll be moments of elation and disappointment, but one thing that’s certain is that whoever is appointed, the new manager will have the full backing of the fans.

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