Nolan was instrumental in persuading Carroll to move to
Allardyce, the West Ham manager, changed his formation to bring out the best in both players and saw it pay off after only 53 seconds on Saturday when Carroll played a pivotal role in the opening goal for his captain.
Allardyce said: “You look at what happened at Newcastle in the first year. By the time Andy had been transferred to Liverpool, he had scored 11 goals, and by the time Kevin had finished the season, he had scored 13 and they were really comfortable in the division.
“It is easier for me to know that there is going to be a goal scored in our team nearly every week. Instead of a 4-3-3 we went to a 4-2-3-1 and played Kevin in the role to get up and around Andy. I said, ‘Andy’s here, what would you like to do?’ and he said, ‘Play in the hole’.
Allardyce had been chasing the signature of Carroll throughout the summer and admits the biggest task was just getting him out of Merseyside. He will be praying that the hamstring injury he picked up midway through the second half, that has forced him to withdraw from the England squad, will clear up over the international break and he will be fit to face Norwich on Sept 15.
“We never got an agreement with Liverpool until Thursday. Once I’d got that, then I could go to work on saying this was the best place for him. Gladly he agreed with me. The thing was getting him out of Liverpool.
“Andy had to accept he had to move on to make sure he gets first-team football because he’s got his England place to protect. We’re not as big a club as Liverpool, but come and play first-team football in the Premier League and be the big fish in a small pond for a while.”
With the prospect of club record signing Matt Jarvis and loan signing Yossi Benayoun to come into the team, West Ham supporters have every reason to be optimistic about their prospects this season. Nolan’s goal on Saturday was added to by Winston Reid and Matt Taylor to make it a comfortable victory.
The same cannot be said for
Although Jol did manage to bring in Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United, he knows he has a major rebuilding job on his hand.
Jol said: “Berbatov was really looking forward to playing with Dembele. The first thing he said to me was, ‘Where’s Dembele going?’ and I had to say he’s going to Spurs. He was disappointed. He was told that before his medical, but luckily we managed to keep him in the building!"
Master chef lures Andy
Sam Allardyce on Sunday revealed that Kevin Nolan was not the only friend who helped persuade Andy Carroll to join West Ham, naming on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek the club’s player-liaison officer Tim De’Ath, who is also the England team chef.
De’Ath was a chef in the United Sates where he set up his own company,
Hollywood Catering Services. He catered for stars such as Liam Neeson,
Samuel L Jackson and Wesley Snipes before joining West Ham in 2001. He
cooked for the