Former West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan is looking for a new club after leaving the Hammers a couple of weeks ago.
Nolan, 33, left the club by mutual decision after he wasn’t guaranteed a place in the side.
“It was a wrench to leave West Ham, but it was the right time,” Nolan told The Daily Mail. “Slaven was brilliant when he came in and we got on really well. He was honest and we just came to the agreement that it would probably be best if I moved on.
“He said ‘you’re not guaranteed a place,’ which I’ve never had in my entire career, contrary to what people think, when I played under Sam. But he was wanting to bring in a lot of midfielders, which would have put me back a bit more.
“I was very miserable at home, the wife will probably tell you, so it came to the point this year, I thought I’m not going to play as much as I would have liked. I’ve come to the decision that I’m not going to play as much and I don’t want to just sit there and earn my money.”
Nolan will now have to find a club that doesn’t adhere to the traditional transfer window, and he admitted that it might be a move abroad. Nolan is currently training with League Two side Leyton Orient to keep up his fitness.
“I’ve been very encouraged and humbled with the amount of people who’ve wanted to speak to me in the last couple of weeks,” Nolan said. “But it’s a major decision and I’ve got my kids and the family (to consider), so we’re going to have to sit down and see what’s best.
“I’m going into coaching in the next couple of years, so it could be a move abroad to broaden my knowledge of the game.”
Nolan spent just over four seasons with the team, playing in over 150 games.