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Last Updated: Friday, 12 January 2007, 13:43 GMT
Kevin Nolan column
Kevin Nolan column
By Kevin Nolan
Bolton captain

When I heard about David Beckham's contract with LA Galaxy my first words were 'how much?'

I was absolutely flabbergasted.

Footballers earn a lot of money but 128m over five years is something else. I struggled to get my head around the size of that figure.

I had heard several people say that he would be daft to go to the Major Soccer League.

But, honestly, with those sorts of figures I think he would be daft not to.

There seems to be little doubt the Beckhams are keen to make a big impression in America - and with that sort of salary I would say they are going to do so.

David Beckham
Beckham is never going to please everybody - so why try?

His contract alone will create bags of publicity.

I have played against Beckham on several occasions and met him once or twice. I have always found him to be a very decent bloke and he has been a brilliant footballer.

But I never thought somebody would be paid that amount of money.

However, fair play to him. It is a ridiculous amount of money but if someone is going to offer him it then he might as well take it.

Beckham has taken a lot of stick from people all around the world but he has just hit back at them with a huge wad of cash.

His advisors must be doing something right because the amount of money we are talking about is phenomenal.

The players at Bolton don't really follow the Beckham soap opera but I think the general opinion within our squad was that he has to do what is right for him and his family.

With so many people - and sections of the media - casting a critical eye over everything he does, Beckham is never going to be able to please everybody - so why try?

Beckham is 31 and there is a commonly held belief in the game that a player negotiates his last decent contract when he reaches that sort of age.

It is the sort of contract that will ensure a player has enough money to pay off his mortgage and look after his family.

Obviously Beckham is not going to be short of cash but his move to LA might be something to do with ensuring that his three children have the best lifestyle possible.

Certainly looking after those close to me - and planning for the future of my daughter - is a big priority of mine.

Bolton, of course, were linked with Beckham but I think that you could probably divide his new deal with LA Galaxy by 30 if you were thinking about what we could afford to offer him.

I cannot say that I ever seriously thought I would see Beckham in a Bolton shirt.

Finally, I must say congratulations to our manager Sam Allardyce, who has just been named the Barclays Premiership Manager of the Month for December.

We started the month with defeat to Reading but then won the next five games.

It has been a long time since he last won it and he looked very pleased in training on Thursday. He had a smile from ear to ear.

In fact, he made a point of thanking all the players for their part in helping him win the award.


Who is the best keeper that you have played against?
Milo Thompson, England

Jussi Jaaskelainen every day in training.

Hey Kev, great column! I was just wondering about the coin trick you sometimes performed at the coin toss; Thierry Henry in particular seemed to like it. What was it and how come it's disappeared this season?
Nick Pateras, Canada

Nick, it wasn't really a trick as such. The coin had blue on one side and blue and yellow on the other. There was a lot of confusion over which side Thierry called. At first I thought I had won and started laughing, but then realised he had won. I have some good photos of that happening.

When a player comes to a club on loan, where does he stay?
Miral Nandha, England

At first they stay in the hotel which is at the Reebok. If they are going to stay for several months they will probably stay in a rented house or apartment.

Which would you like to add to your collection more - an FA Cup final medal or an England cap?
Steve, UK

This a tough question - but if I was to win an FA Cup winner's medal that might boost my chances of an England call-up.

Hi Kevin
Love your column. I'm a Bolton supporter and often wonder how players from such diverse backgrounds and cultures - and there are lots of them at Bolton - get on together.
Dennis Wheatley, England

I don't know about that because we have El-Hadji Diouf - and he is not peaceful!

Seriously, the gaffer has done a great job developing team spirit. We try to socialise with each other as much as we can.

The fact that people think that because there are so many nationalities we will not be close is probably a factor in bringing us together.

Hi Kevin, I was wondering, when we signed Nicolas Anelka, he picked the number 39, when 10 (usual striker's number) was available. He also had 39 at Man City. Is there any particular reason for this, or is it just his favourite number?
Stefan H, Bolton, England

I have asked him this and I don't think there is any particular reason. I think that he would prefer number nine but that had already gone. As long as he keeps banging the goals in I don't really mind.

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