Newcastle United’s dressing room has gone so quiet – without Nolan

West Ham's ex-Newcastle midfielder, Kevin Nolan
West Ham's ex-Newcastle midfielder, Kevin Nolan
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NEWCASTLE United’s dressing room is a quieter place since Kevin Nolan’s departure – and boss Alan Pardew is keen to hear more loud voices.

Nolan was an influential figure on and off the pitch during his time at St James’s Park.

The midfielder helped the club return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, and wore the captain’s armband back in the top flight.

Nolan, likely to captain West Ham United in Saturday’s meeting between the two sides at Upton Park – was a vocal player on and off the field.

And Magpie manager Alan Pardew has admitted that the dressing room has had a “different mood” since he left in the summer of 2011.

“We’ve got a different sort of mood in the changing room to the way Kevin was,” said Pardew.

“Kevin was brilliant at this football club.

“We owe him a lot – all the players here – with the professionalism he brought and the winning mentality.

“But the players are generally a lot quieter than Kevin.

“We want players to be more vocal. I would like more Kevin Nolan’s in my group.

“He’s a very special sort of person in the changing room, and he brings that to whichever club he does to, that winning mentality, and that’s why he’s had such a fantastic career.”

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