Sam Allardyce was offered the chance to be Newcastle United’s new manager last weekend, according to the Daily Mail.
The report also says that former Magpies midfielder Kevin Nolan, who worked under Allardyce at Bolton and West Ham as well, would have been made assistant manager had the former England boss taken the job.
And last week, Nolan launched a defence of Mike Ashley on TalkSport, saying: “You can’t fault Mike. I feel for the fans, and I feel for Mike as well. I know how hard he is trying to give the Newcastle fans what they want.
“He’s still be able to finance the club and make sure everything is running smoothly. You go up there and it’s a fantastic club and what he’s done within the ground is fantastic.”
Now many Newcastle fans on Twitter know why Nolan said those things – because he thought he might have been in line for a job and was positioning himself on the right side of Ashley.
But he has now clearly positioned himself squarely on the wrong side of the supporters, who have torn into him online for only thinking of his own interests.
The comments angered fans at the time but it would appear that they’re somehow even more irate now, essentially viewing Nolan as willing to be a puppet for the Ashley regime.