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West Ham captain can’t wait to pick Sheringham’s brains

Kevin Nolan and the rest of the West Ham United squad are put through their paces in pre-season training. Pic: WHUFC Kevin Nolan and the rest of the West Ham United squad are put through their paces in pre-season training. Pic: WHUFC

Friday, July 4, 2014
7:30 AM

Kevin Nolan thinks that new attacking coach Teddy Sheringham will be a huge help to the West Ham forward line

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Sam Allardyce and Teddy SheringhamSam Allardyce and Teddy Sheringham

West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan says he can’t wait to work with new coach Teddy Sheringham as the Hammers embark on a so-called new attacking era.

Sheringham began his new role as attacking coach as the squad met for the first day of pre-season training yesterday (Thursday)and the skipper knows that this is where the hard work begins.

Some might suggest that former England star Sheringham and Nolan play in a similar style, just behind a front man, but the former Bolton man laughs it off.

“He was a lot better than me, put it that way!” said the 32-year-old. “But I’m going to pick his brains to see what he is thinking, though I have got my own thoughts too.

“It is fantastic for me to have someone like that here who has got all his experience, all the World Cups, the Championships, everything he has done.”

Sheringham who finished his pro career at the age of 42, helped West Ham back into the Premier League in 2005 after an illustrious career and he will be hoping some of that rubs off at West Ham.

Nolan thinks it will. “Playing to after 40-years-old and me coming into my early thirties is a massive thing for me. He is someone I can bounce things off and who can help me become a better player,” said the skipper.

“He can help Andy Carroll too and all of us because he was such a talented footballer and you can’t help but listen to what he has to say and learn from it.”

So what about this so called new attacking style? Nolan laughs, but you can see it is something that he doesn’t quite concur with.

“A lot of emphasis has been put on that, but I think at the end of the day as long as we are winning games that’s the be all and end all and when you are winning, you’re going to be attacking teams and scoring goals,” said Nolan.

“I think last season the only disappointing thing was that we had 14 clean sheets and yet we just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net enough times. If we had done that we would have been a lot higher in the league and we would have had a lot happier camp, but it was not to be and a lot of that was down to the injuries we had.”

The club owners have insisted that the Hammers are more attacking this season, so how is that likely to manifest itself?

“I think you will see some tweaks,” said the captain. “Well some slight tweaks, but I think more and more it’s the fact that if we start putting the ball in the onion bag there is going to be nobody complaining.”

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