Former West Ham United midfielder Kevin Nolan has been speaking out about the club’s poor start to the new season and has backed his old employers to get back on track in the near future.
Slaven Bilic’s men have struggled with lofty expectations this season and are yet to hit their stride in a disappointing start to the new campaign.
Five defeats out of six leaves the Hammers in the Premier League relegation zone currently, while the club’s eagerly anticipated European campaign was ended in the Europa League qualifying rounds.
Nolan was a driving force for the London club over a number of seasons and has commented on the state the team currently finds itself in.
He has stated that current captain Mark Noble has the personality to lead the club forward and has backed West Ham to improve soon.
“I am fully expecting West Ham to turn things around by the end of the season, but for that to happen, the players cannot be allowed to go and sit in corners and feel sorry for themselves,” he told the club’s official website.
“As a captain, when performances are not great, people look to you from inside and outside the dressing room for confidence and belief. I know Nobes and he has the drive and the ability to lead the team out of this.
“He is a fan, as well as the captain, and he will be hurting as much as anyone, as he said in his interview after the Southampton game.”
West Ham face Middlesbrough at home this weekend, with three points the ultimate objective.