New West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes Kevin Nolan is a tailor-made replacement for Scott Parker as captain, if the England man leaves the club this summer.

With former captain Matthew Upson released, Parker is the natural successor to be skipper at Upton Park.

However with rumours over his departure to Tottenham Hotspur still circulating, Allardyce says that new boy Nolan could be the new man at the helm next season.

"I see Kevin as a great player and a great captain off the pitch. If Parker leaves, then yes, I think Kevin would be captain - he's got the skills to do that," he said.

"When you get someone like Joey Barton almost crying on the TV because Kevin left Newcastle, it shows you the respect he's gained. It's not just because of what he does on the field but because of what he's like off it.


"He looks after the players when they have problems and drives them on. He creates a team spirit from within himself."

Following relegation from the Premier League, Allardyce is expected to lose several of the the club's star turns, with Robert Green, Carlton Cole and Parker the likely candidates to leave the club.

However, Allardyce isn't prepared to give up on the trio.

"I don't want to talk to Scott Parker, Robert Green, Carlton Cole on the phone,' said Allardyce.

"I want them to look me in the eye and be honest with me and I'll be honest with them.

"They might walk out of the office and say, "I don't really fancy him, so I'm off".

"If that's the case, we'll sell. If Scott likes what he hears, he wants to stay, he wants to be successful, then I speak to David (Sullivan)."

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