'Huge respect' - Exclusive: Danny Mills reacts to official West Ham statement
Danny Mills vows that Kevin Nolan could give West Ham the edge in their battle against relegation after his arrival as a coach in east London.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender believes an experienced voice could make the difference for the Irons between now and the end of the season.
The Hammers confirmed on Thursday morning that they had appointed their former midfielder, as well as ex-Norwich, Brighton and England coach Paul Nevin, as part of their backroom staff.
We are pleased to confirm the appointment of Kevin Nolan and Paul Nevin as First-Team Coaches.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) February 6, 2020
With just over 400 Premier League games of experience under his belt, Mills says that Nolan could lift the spirits and belief at the London Stadium and drag the Hammers away from the drop zone.
Mills told Football Insider: “He’s got old-school values, he’s got a lot of experience, he’s done a lot of coaching and I know he was looking to get back in as soon as possible.
“He’s worked under some very good managers and he’s had his own coaching roles as well. Perhaps it would offer something that little bit different, another voice, change it up a little bit and for West Ham’s sake hope it’ll have an impact.
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“Huge respect for David Moyes, I think he’s a very, very good coach and a good manager but maybe he just needs (something).
“They didn’t get the lift and impact that they wanted when David Moyes came in so maybe just bringing in another voice might give them the edge because they obviously can’t bring players in now.”
Nolan played 157 times for West Ham during his time at the club, going on to play for Leyton Orient and Notts County before hanging up his boots and taking charge at Meadow Lane.
In other West Ham news, Kevin Phillips has torn into Declan Rice in his assessment of the Irons.