West Ham have cancelled the players’ Christmas party to ensure that moving away from the Premier League relegation zone has their full attention over the festive period.
Captain Kevin Nolan has scrapped plans for the squad to fly to Dublin for a party.
The Daily Mail reports that Nolan, aged 31, announced that the trip was off during a season ticket holders’ forum at Upton Park last night.
Addressing 400 fans alongside manager Sam Allardyce, Nolan apologised for his red card against Liverpool last weekend.
And he allayed fears that his sending off for a reckless challenge on Jordan Henderson was his way of ensuring he gets a nice winter break during his three-match ban.
He said: “It was a silly tackle and stupid of me.
“I’m rarely disappointed in myself but I am sorry for that. I apologised to all the lads as well.
“I’ll be working hard on the training ground. I’m certainly not getting away with it. I’ll be in on Wednesday while all the other lads are off.
“Hopefully the lads can get the right results without me and I can come in and add some goals and some better performances.”
Nolan will miss the vital clash with bottom-of-the-table Sunderland this weekend, next Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final tie at Tottenham and the trip to Manchester United the following weekend..