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Pardew urges Newcastle fans to move on from Nolan departure

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is asking the St James' Park faithful to get over the shock £4m transfer of skipper Kevin Nolan to West Ham and look to the future instead. Pardew had hoped to keep last season's 12-goal leading scorer, who had two years remaining on his contract, but admitted that the two parties could simply not reach agreement.

He told the Shields Gazette: "I am aware that the club made Kevin a good offer to stay, but could not agree over the length of the contract offered. This obviously happens in football and everybody needs to move on.

"I would like to thank Kevin for his sterling efforts as a player and captain of this club, especially since I took over last season.

"He displayed admirable leadership qualities, and I wish him every success at West Ham. It's a great club and I'm sure he will thrive there."

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