ExWHUemployee has revealed that the decision to hand West Ham United legend Mark Noble a new role at the club has gone down very well behind the scenes.
Last week, it was officially announced that the former Irons captain will take on the role of sporting director at the club from the start of January.
The former midfielder only retired last season, so there may have been some concern over Noble taking on this newly created position at West Ham, but it seems as though players and staff are delighted to have him on board once again.
Indeed, while speaking on The West Ham Way podcast, Ex stated that it is great news for the club and that this ‘no-brainer’ decision has pleased everyone involved with the Hammers.
In full, he said: “Mark Noble was appointed sporting director this week – great appointment for the club.
“It’s said to have gone down very well with the players and the staff. So a no-brainer, really, for the club to get that one over the line.”
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Having made over 500 appearances for West Ham, there was the belief in some areas that Noble may want to chase a career in coaching or management after he retired. However, manager David Moyes actually alluded to this alternative path earlier on in the year.
Indeed, he told Sky Sports: “I think Mark has other ideas, maybe a role as a sporting director or a technical director rather than on the footballing side.
“We’re already starting to use Mark in other roles behind the scenes.”
Evidently, this decision has been in the works for some time, so Noble certainly should be mentally prepared at the very least to take on the role come January.
In fairness, he was so popular at the club – as shown by the emotional scenes from his final appearances – it is no shock to hear that his return has been met with such enthusiasm by his peers.