Speaking to football.london, West Ham United boss David Moyes has dropped an exciting hint that club legend Mark Noble could potentially become a part of the staff after his retirement – going on to say he has ‘no doubt’ that the Englishman’s future will be somewhere with the Hammers.
Noble, who will be set for his 400th Premier League appearance if he plays against Leicester City on Sunday afternoon at the London Stadium, has been a mainstay for the Irons since making his debut in 2004.
Moyes drops exciting hint on possible Noble appointment
A product of the club’s youth academy, the 33-year-old has made 523 appearances for the club in all competitions over a near 17-year stay so far (Transfermarkt), with Noble recently announcing that next season will indeed be his last after signing a one-year extension (BBC).
Much speculation has arisen over whether he will continue at West Ham in an off field role past his retirement, with reliable club insider ExWHUemployee recently claiming ‘there is talk’ he would be given a ‘coaching role or some ambassadorial role’ (West Ham Way Podcast).
Now, Moyes has come out with his take on the situation, dropping an exciting hint that Noble could well be appointed as future West Ham staff in some capacity.
“I do see Mark [Noble] becoming part of the staff in the future,” explained the Scotsman (via football.london).
“While he is still playing well and contributing on that side of it we want him in that area.
“But I have no doubt Mark’s future career will be somewhere at West Ham, what that exactly is I don’t know but I have no doubt he will be in and around the club.”
Transfer Tavern take
Given all he has contributed over his plethora of West Ham appearances in the last decade, appointing someone with great knowledge and experience of the club seems like a no brainer.
His son is also apparently part of the Irons academy, giving him all the more reason to stay in east London and possibly become a big part of the coaching team behind the scenes.
As West Ham club staff possibly keep their eye out for another Noble-esque talent who can serve the club over a great period of longevity, hiring the beloved midfielder in a non-playing role after his retirement could be a wise decision.
The decision will rest with the player himself, however, and Hammers supporters are surely hoping he remains a servant of the club long after he hangs up his boots.
In other news: ExWHUemployee has shared another priority signing for Moyes, find out more here.
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