GARY Megson faces a reunion tomorrow with West Ham star Kevin Nolan - who played under the Owls boss at Bolton and is rated by him as the best captain he has ever known.
Nolan is also renowned for having exceptional goalscoring ability for a midfield player: he has hit seven for the Hammers since his summer move from Newcastle.
“Kevin is the best I have ever seen at getting in front of the goalkeeper from corners; he’s terrific at it,” said Megson,
“He’s also the best captain I’ve known in my playing and managerial days.
“If Kevin is playing, he will be a huge threat to us.
“He’s a bit of a throwback in terms of the captaincy.
“I remember going into the dressing room at Bolton at half-time and he was saying his bit.
“You don’t need to do that when he’s in the team.
“He does get goals. At Newcastle he did brilliantly. He’s got a good knack for being in the right place at the right time.
“He’s a good player and a good lad.”
It is thought Hammers boss Sam Allardyce may rest certain players.
But Megson expects a formidable challenge whatever their line-up.
He said: “West Ham are a Premier League club in all but name, and I fully expect them to be in the Premier League next season.
“This game has to be viewed as a one-off: we’ll do as well as we can against a top club.
“I’ve got a lot of time for West Ham; I’d be hard pushed to name a place where I enjoyed playing more, if it wasn’t Hillsborough. They get really good support and they’re a great club.
“I know Sam [Allardyce] well enough. He’s a good guy and a good manager.”