West Ham veteran may quit club if new boss overlooks him for the first team

The Daily Express are reporting that West Ham United veteran Kevin Nolan may leave the London club this summer if he isn’t given a chance in Slaven Bilic’s new-look Hammers side.

The 33-year-old put pen to paper on a five-year deal when he joined the Irons from Newcastle United in June 2011 and has worn the captain’s armband in West Ham’s past two Europa League qualifiers.

West Ham face a challenging campaign ahead, with a potentially lengthy Europa League campaign to worry about on top of their domestic duties. And while new manager Bilic will have to rotate his squad to cope with the demands of both competitions, Nolan is adamant that he does not want to be sitting on the bench.

“I have made my feelings known that I don’t want to be sitting on the bench,” Nolan said.

“I want to be playing and give my all in training.

“If that’s good enough, then great. If not, we’ll have to sit down and see where we go from there.

“I’m coming to the tail-end of my career and I’ve got to do what’s best for me and my family. To be fair, we haven’t got that far yet but we’ll see.”

Bilic was named as West Ham manager last month following the exit of former Irons boss Sam Allardyce. He has endured a difficult start to his career at the east London outfit, seeing his team scrape past Maltese part-timers Birkirkara on penalties in a Europa League qualifier on Thursday.