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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 January 2007, 09:37 GMT
Kevin Nolan column
The Kevin Nolan column
By Kevin Nolan
Bolton captain

I think that Chelsea captain John Terry was right to come out and say that he would make a stand if the club decided to part company with Jose Mourinho.

He was showing support for his manager - and that is part of a captain's role.

Chelsea have won the Premiership twice in the last two years and remain in the hunt for four trophies this season.

It is a delicate situation but if Terry believes that he will win silverware under Mourinho I think it is correct that his views are made clear to the board.

Joey Barton missed a great chance for Manchester City on Saturday
Anyone can miss an easy chance - as Joey Barton did last weekend - but expect some stick in training

After all, if there are 24 players in a squad and none want Mourinho to leave, then Terry should speak to owner Roman Abramovich.

A captain at a club is often a point of contact for players.

If a particular player has a problem it is not unusual for them to seek out the skipper and ask their opinion.

I hope that the supporters can see that I am a good leader when we are playing - and I have worked hard to try to ensure that I can fulfil my duties.

I have watched other captains to see how they conduct themselves and sought out the advice of senior players.

Of course, part of my duties happen off the pitch.

Before a match I will say a few words. We have plenty of experienced, talented players, so I tend to concentrate on a few basics to make sure they are focused.

During the week I am often consulted on the planning for club functions and what happens before and after a game.

If the manager is too busy to involve himself in the planning he will often delegate me to take responsibility.

I also have a big say in events such as the Christmas party - and it is important to get these decisions right!

I was bitterly disappointed to miss the game against Manchester City last weekend but in training last Thursday I was experiencing pain when twisting and turning.

We really need to win our home games - but the 0-0 draw could have been a defeat had it not been for Joey Barton's close-range miss.

I missed a gilt-edged chance in the last minute of a game against West Brom last season - a match that also finished goalless.

It was worse than Barton's miss as I had the full goal to aim at.

My goal celebration is a couple of years old - any ideas for a new one?

I took a bit of stick in training and the video review a couple of days after the match was painful - I said at the time that the miss might cost us a European spot and it probably did.

I was shocked and disappointed to see that midfielder David Dunn has decided to join Blackburn instead of us.

David has been at the club all week having various fitness tests and scans - and it looked very much as though he would sign for us.

But on a brighter note I spoke to former Bolton player Per Frandsen the other day.

He was a fantastic player for us and someone I really looked up to when I was a young player at the club.

Per is an agent in Denmark now and told me that he regularly reads this column.

I said that I would give him a mention - and so hello Per.

Maybe you can find us a midfielder to sign instead of Dunn!


Hi Kevin, could you tell me the reason you celebrate scoring with the "I love you" hand gesture?
Dez Taylor, England

I picked it up on holiday in Mexico a couple of years ago.

A lot of the Americans out in the bars at night made that gesture when a song they like came on. They also shouted 'woo' a lot.

I was with a few mates and we started doing it as a joke when we played volleyball in the pool.

That is how it became my celebration - and no one has come up with any better ideas.

Maybe you have a better suggestion that I could adopt when I score?

Who in your opinion has been Sam Allardyce's best signing in your time at Bolton?
Brian O'Dwyer, Ireland

Definitely me when I turned 17!

The gaffer has made some great signings but probably the best are Bruno N'Gotty and bringing Per Frandsen back from Blackburn.

Hello Kevin.
You, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Ricardo Gardner are all coming towards 10 years at Bolton now. I was wondering how that feels and whether any of you will be getting testimonials?
Heva, Bolton, England

Jussi will have his next season, Ricky the season after and then mine.

I am absolutely delighted to have been at the club for so long - and it is strange to think that I will only be 27 when I have my testimonial.

Hi Kev, love the column.
Bolton have had a number of successes from the youth team in recent seasons with yourself, Nicky Hunt, Joey O'Brien and Ricardo Vaz Te. Have you seen any talent there this season?
Joe Crilly, Chester, England

There are a couple of young players who are training with us at the moment.

I don't really want to name them - to avoid putting pressure on them or risk them getting big headed.

There is a great coaching team at the Academy and there are a few promising players who will hopefully make the step up.

But it is so difficult, with so many factors involved - and young players need a little bit of luck and must make sure they take their chance when it comes along.

Hi Kevin, congratulations to you and the boys on a great season so far!
I want to know whether win bonuses actually motivate players to try harder to win. What do you think?
Andy, UK

It is always nice to be paid for something that you love doing but I am not sure that players think about their win bonus too often.

It is not something I think about before a game - or afterwards if we have won.

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