Mark Noble to return in West Ham top role


Mark Noble to return to West Ham United Image: West Ham United

The Premier League club West Ham United F.C. (UK) has stated that Mark Noble is to return to the club in the role of Sporting Director.

‘West Ham United’ stated that ‘The Hammers’ legend will officially start in his post on January 2nd, 2023, following his retirement as a player earlier this year after 550 senior appearances across 18 years of magnificent service in a Claret and Blue shirt.

Mark James Noble is an English former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder and is well remembered for his time at the English club West Ham United F.C., spending 18 years with the club.

The West Ham United Football Club is an English professional football club that plays its home matches in Stratford, East London, UK. The club competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. The club plays at the London Stadium, having moved from their former home, the Boleyn Ground, in 2016.

The 60,000-capacity London Stadium is a multipurpose outdoor stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the Stratford district of London, UK. It is located in the Lower Lea Valley, six miles East of Central London. It serves as the home pitch of West Ham United F.C.

‘West Ham United’ further stated that Noble’s West Ham United career is now set to continue in a newly created position which will see Noble work closely in support of Manager David Moyes, as well as working with the Board of Directors, providing input, advice and assistance across all aspects of the football operation. This will include Academy development, player recruitment and player and staff wellbeing – with a particular focus on ensuring players both progressing through the ranks and new to the club are nurtured in the West Ham United football philosophy and values.

Based between the three principal sites at London Stadium, Rush Green and Chadwell Heath, the 35-year-old will also play a key role in supporting the continued football development and ensuring strategic alignment across the club and the West Ham family, including the club’s partners and supporters at home and across the globe.

Earlier this Summer, Noble traveled to the United States to complete an Entertainment, Media and Sports Business leadership course at the prestigious Harvard Business School, and he will continue to spend time working on a number of personal projects and business interests as he recommences his dedicated service to the West Ham United in the New Year.

Noted Noble, “I’m really happy to be coming back and can’t wait to get started. I’d like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity -it’s a great honor for me to take up this role at West Ham United. I’ve spent the last 24 years as a player here, first in the Academy and then in the first team, and obviously have a deep knowledge and understanding of the club. Throughout my playing career, the one thing I strived for more than anything was constant improvement, on and off the pitch. That became even more important to me when I was named club captain in 2015, and the last seven years have given me such great experience and preparation for the next stage of my life and career.”

Added Noble, “In particular, the last two years, as my playing days began to naturally wind down, gave me a fantastic opportunity to really spend some time educating myself and gaining greater knowledge and understanding of the work that goes on behind the scenes. This club has made some fantastic strides forward in that period and I am really looking forward to coming back at such an exciting time. I see it as a position that I can grow and develop in both personally and professionally. There are always difficult decisions to be made in football, but along with my colleagues at the club, I will continue to put the best interests of West Ham United first. The last two seasons have been a time of great progress, and I want to help us to continue moving forward in the right direction. I believe in the ambition shown by the Board and I am excited about helping to build on the success that has been delivered so far.”

He continued, “I feel that it is a great opportunity for me to make a real contribution and help the club in a number of different ways, and I can promise everyone in the West Ham family that I will give it absolutely everything I have.”

Shared David Moyes, Manager, West Ham United F.C., “I am really pleased to welcome Mark back and to have the opportunity to work closely with him again. He was a great asset and strength to me as a player and a captain, and I know he will give the club and me fantastic support again in this role. As Mark has said, it is an opportunity for him to develop and grow in the position and he will have our full support in doing so. There is nobody better qualified when it comes to understanding the West Ham United and its ethos, and to bring new ideas to take the club forward in the right direction. I know from my dealings with Mark throughout his time as a player – and particularly when we were going through the hugely challenging COVID-19 pandemic – that he possesses all of the necessary skills and attributes, and the right personality and character, to be a huge success in this role.”

Observed David Sullivan, West Ham United Joint-Chairman, “On behalf of everyone at West Ham United, I would like to say how delighted we are that Mark has agreed to accept the offer to return in this new and exciting role. He has been and always will be a part of the fabric of this football club. Mark rightly wanted to spend some precious time with his family after 18 years of non-stop devoted service as a player, but there was never any doubt that he would come back in a senior role in the near future. He is already familiar in every aspect of the organization, he personally knows all of the staff who works here across all departments, and he always puts the club’s best interests at the heart of everything he does. He will help to provide another strong link between the football operation and the wider club, and will continue to be a great asset to West Ham United.”

Added Sullivan, “On behalf of the Board, we wish him all the very best and look forward to seeing him continue to represent the West Ham United with passion, commitment and style.”

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