Nolan – now making a successful job of managing Notts County – says Big Sam will be back.
“I don't think you will see Sam signing three-year contracts," said Nolan.
“But if it's a short-term fix when managers are losing their jobs in January and February, the first person they're going to call is Sam."
Allardyce's wife, Lynne, will have a big say, though.
“Lynne's a lovely woman and Sam speaks a lot about her," said Nolan to the Mirror.