Academy coach Anwar Uddin is best known for being the captain of the last West Ham youth team to win the FA Youth Cup in 1999, and he has defended Nolan's actions in the wake of the Hammers' poor league run.
"He's the club captain and you do whatever you see fit," Uddin told SkySports.com. "I think it's a smart thing to do because it's like anything, when you're in a precarious situation and you're seen maybe having the time of your life in Dublin, it's probably not the best message to go out to the fans.
"I just think that says a lot about him. It says a lot about the club that they know about that and they understand that the fans do see them and have a perception of them in a certain way."
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