West Ham star: Sam Allardyce is the Daddy

23:29 10 November 2012

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce in the dugout. Picture: PA Wire

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce in the dugout. Picture: PA Wire

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West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan has described Sam Allardyce as his footballing dad after working with him at three clubs.

The pair worked together at Bolton, Newcastle and now at the Hammers and Nolan knows that the 58-year-old has had a big impact on his career.

He said: “I spoke to Sam regularly throughout my career because I was a pup when I first met him and he was the one who brought me through.

“He is like your footballing dad, someone who has brought me through and the opportunities he has given me have been fantastic and I can’t thank him enough for that.

“That is why when I did get the call to say Sam would like me to come here, I know we were in the Championship, but it was a no-brainer for me.”

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