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Kevin Nolan launches tirade against Notts County online community


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Kevin Nolan has launched an astonishing tirade against the Notts County online community and social media, calling on "some people" to "have a reality check".

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Magpies' trip to Carlisle United on Saturday, the manager aired his grievances about what he felt were knee-jerk reactions from fans.

“There’s a lot said about us that is very untrue,” Nolan is quoted by the Nottingham Post as saying. “But I only hear it because I am not on these sites. I only hear it from my staff or the players.

“If they don’t want to see winning football, then don’t come to Notts County because that’s what we are trying to do.

“For people to be complaining how we play given the club has lost one home game in a calendar year, then there’s not much you can do.

“We only won three games in the previous calendar year compared to what we’ve done now so some people have got to have a reality check and look at themselves in the mirror if they are criticising.”

Last week, Pride of Nottingham published photos which were sent in by a fan which appeared to show Liam Noble in training at Basford - Notts subsequently announced that the midfielder had rejoined the club.

Despite the training sessions being open and accessible to supporters, Nolan continued his tirade, criticising the individual who took the photos.

“Let’s take last week for instance,” Nolan said.

“Liam Noble comes and trains with us for the first day and somebody turns up, and the next minute the pictures are on the internet within an hour or two.

“That would never have happened a few years ago. But they didn’t know what was going on yet still wanted to put something out there.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. That person, because we know who it is, will come back to training ground and then want us to respect him and not tell him to go away.

“When he asks the players for selfies what does he expect them to say?

“There has got to be respect for us as much as we have got to have respect for them.

“They will all expect us to say ‘yeah, no problem you can have your photograph’.

“And that’s my biggest issue with social media. People will come and ask for your picture, then they will sit there on Twitter or whatever, type something, and have a rant.

“You only have to look at Arsenal Fan TV to see how it gets millions and millions of viewers.

“It’s crazy. It makes headlines in the papers and it’s just taken over. It’s something as a manager I have to deal with and all I can ask of the fans is to be respectful.

“A lot of my family are on social media so how is it going to feel for them to see something written about me. It’s hurtful for them and that’s what people have got to realise.”

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Being respectful works both ways, having pops at fans for expressing their opinions on social media needs to be allowed - if you don't allow people to vent then its going to build up. I do feel fans could be a little more optimistic, yet labelling 'every' fan who shares a comment that isn't rosy doesn't mean they're a negative fan.

I can't believe he's suggesting we don't need fans.

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“If they don’t want to see winning football, then don’t come to Notts County because that’s what we are trying to do."

Majority of fans just want to see Notts succeeding and giving a proper go of games, Mansfield, FGR and Crewe have all been poor but the majority are still open to acknowledging how well we are doing.

And the Liam Noble story was always going to break, just because a fan shared the picture (which seems harmless) - after all he was training with the club, how can this be compared to Arsenal fan tv? Clearly pressure is mounting and its borderline silly.

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Surely it's the type of thing that the Nottingham Post would be doing if they had balls?

The comments about the fans and the Liam Noble pictures have me thinking Kevin Nolan has lost it. The club has bigger focuses right now, did he think the story would be hidden until he had signed?

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I had a bit of a go in my comments after the Crewe game, regarding the long ball game which clearly wasn't working. Crewe were expecting Stead and Ameobi to start, and had set their stall out accordingly, so constant long high balls aimed towards Forte and Alessandra were easy for Crewe to deal with. It was frustrating to watch.  Kevin Nolan might not like the criticism but I pay my money to travel up and down the country to cheer the team on, so I reserve the right to have a moan if I'm not happy with what I've seen.  

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What's the problem with an opinion that's not what anyone might like to hear , fans are entitled to a view on the things they see , think with this not being the first time that club personnel have had a pop at opinion it's time to stop being touchy on there part, and just get on with the job , they don't need silly distractions just keep up the good work and leave social media opinions where they are , COYP 

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And that’s my biggest issue with social media. People will come and ask for your picture, then they will sit there on Twitter or whatever, type something, and have a rant.

What does this have anything to do with it? He's clearly having a dig at someone but I feel he is completely wrong.

I read a lot of comments on social media about this, have any read the article?

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He (Nolan) has lost a lot of respect for what he said.

Whilst yes I get the annoyance the picture of Noble did / might have caused the fact that as fans we want to see more than just boring hoof ball we are in the wrong.

If he actually read most of the comments on social media (i'm only on this website but could imagine the rest) he would realise that as fans we are more than happy with our position and the remarkable turn around but because we want to see something other than boring old hoof it into the clouds he has a problem.

Football is an entertainment industry and if he can't respect that we want to be enertained with some good football that we know they are capable of then he shouldn't say anything about it.

We want him to be our manager for the long term and love what he has done but please accept that we want to see something different, especially now that opposing teams know what to expect.

 

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Opinions are part of the game! It might be annoying to KN as he feels his authority is being questioned, but everyone who watches their team play thinks about how it could be set up better or which players should be picked.

As for the Noble photos, he was taking part in a training session in a public place with members of the public in attendance. If it was supposed to be a secret it was mishandled, if it wasn't then he's got nothing to complain about.

At the end of the day fans will exchange their views, some of them knowledgeable, some not. That used to happen in person or in the Football Post or Match Talk. Now it's increasingly happening online but it really isn't anything new.

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17 minutes ago, DangerousSausage said:

As for the Noble photos, he was taking part in a training session in a public place with members of the public in attendance. If it was supposed to be a secret it was mishandled, if it wasn't then he's got nothing to complain about.

I fail to see how there's anything to complain about.

If the club did not want pictures to be leaked of players then its for them to put in measures to prevent this from happening in my opinion. Nolan lost his head when he should have been talking about the upcoming game against Carlisle and I do feel he should apologise properly.

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I'm a little late to this discussion, but...

1.   'Fans', rightly or wrongly, will ALWAYS have an opinion when they watch matches that their hard-earned money has paid for.

2.   It's actually very naive of anyone to think it will, or should be, any other way when the 'entertainment' one is paying for, isn't up to scratch.

3.   Whilst the atmosphere at Meadow Lane this season has been absolute magic, it cannot have gone unnoticed by anyone that there have been            some below-par matches where hoof balls were a) constantly played and b) constantly missed; c) where opposing team players beat us (fairly          and squarely) on the run; d) where some of us have wondered - against cracking opposition - how the heck we remain top three in the league          and e) moreover, just how long this phenomenon can be maintained when the fella 'in charge' openly admits his players 'didn't turn up' for the          games we've lost or drawn.

4.   The 'big deal' about pics posted of Nolan training with his team is beyond me! As a former PI, it's not rocket science to expect anything needing        to be 'kept under wraps' should never have been conducted in a public place...so more naivety with that comment, I'm afraid.

5.   I don't know if these comments by the Manager are an effort to a) stop his decisions being undermined online or b) if he genuinely believes that        ticket-paying fans (some of us for going on nearly 50 years - with all of the changes, mismanagement, disappointments, downs, ups and total          shiz - THAT has brought upon us as NCFC supporters), then he needs to rethink. Not only that, but he needs to be a lot more respectful of the          fact that for a lot of us, success (as supporters) has been little, irrelevant of how much money and years of time, WE have 'invested' in this club.

6.   Whilst I fully respect and appreciate what he's currently doing for NCFC, I'm afraid it'll be quite a while before I 'forget' this article.

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