The Magpies boss admits that his struggling team are missing the sort of leadership on the pitch of which the West Ham captain - who previously played for them - has plenty
The Magpies finished fifth last season but have found themselves struggling to pick up the points following a combination of injury woes and the club's financially driven recruitment policy of bringing in players no older than 26 from competitively priced overseas markets, particularly France.
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"Nous is a word I use a lot about Kevin Nolan. He really knows how to win Premier League games. That's what we're up against. Kevin finds scoring positions through nous. He is sniffing chances out. It's a worry for us. West Ham have a lot of nous.
"What Kevin has is a real knowledge of how to win games. As [West Ham and former Newcastle manager] Sam Allardyce does, and that's what we are up against on Saturday. James Collins, Mark Noble, these are players who I know very well and they have nous.
"In terms of leadership in the group we have got leadership but in different ways.
"I wouldn't say Colo [Fabricio Coloccini] is like Kevin, I wouldn't say [Yohan] Cabaye is like Kevin, or Shola [Ameobi] is like Kevin but they are kind of our leading group and we look to them now."
"Nous is a word I use a lot about Kevin Nolan. He really knows how to win Premier League games. That's what we're up against. Kevin finds scoring positions through nous. It's a worry for us. West Ham have a lot of nous."