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Ex-Bolton and West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan appointed manager of League Two club

The 34-year-old is taking over at Notts County.

Nolan and Notts County owner and chairman Alan Hardy.
Nolan and Notts County owner and chairman Alan Hardy.
Image: Tim Goode

KEVIN NOLAN HAS taken his next step on the managerial ladder after taking the reins of League Two strugglers Notts County.

The former Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham midfielder has previous coaching experience with Leyton Orient but was sacked three months into his role as player-manager.

Nolan, who won seven of his 15 games in charge of Orient, became the youngest boss in English football during his time at Brisbane Road.

And Notts County owner, Alan Hardy — who completed his takeover yesterday — believes the 34-year-old is the right man to restore the club to its former glories after a difficult start to the season.

County have lost their last 10 league games and sit 22nd in the League Two table, just one point above the relegation places.

“I have spoken to five managers in the last five days and Kevin Nolan is outstanding, and that’s what this club needs,” Hardy said.

“I will provide the leadership off the pitch and he will provide it on the pitch.

“Not only is he still a good footballer but at Leyton Orient he had immediate success and that is important for us because we need to start winning games and climbing the table and get away from relegation zone.”

Nolan takes over from former Ireland international John Sheridan, who was sacked at the start of January.

Incidentally, Sheridan has today been confirmed as Oldham’s new manager following the departure of Stephen Robinson.

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