Noble's lofty ambitions
Mark Noble is eyeing a firm base at West Ham so the Hammers can push on and realise his ambitions.
Last Updated: 05/02/11 12:08pm
West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is eyeing a firm base at Upton Park so the Hammers can push on and realise his ambitions.
The Hammers narrowly avoided relegation under old boss Gianfranco Zola last term and have spent the majority of this season propping up the Premier League table.
There was intense speculation current boss Avram Grant could be sacked by co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold after the recent Arsenal defeat but the Israeli managed to stay in his post.
Noble says he has enjoyed playing under Grant and now wants some stability at the club as he aims to achieve the dual ambitions of UEFA Champions League football and to play for England.
But with the Hammers currently sitting third-from-bottom in the table after the midweek victory at Blackpool, he concedes the immediate priority is to stay in the top flight.
The 23-year-old midfielder, , who has spent his whole career with the Hammers, told the Daily Mail: "I want to play in the Champions League. Every player does.
"You want to play for your senior national team. Every player does.
"Obviously I will do everything I can to achieve those goals.
"It would be lovely if they were for West Ham, but as a club we need to move out of the stages we have been in over the last three or four years of different chairmen, different managers.
"We've got to get a firm base here, get settled and get good players in who know the league.
"We are slowly starting to do that. We have to keep the club in the Premier League."
The Hammers missed out a Carling Cup final berth when going down to Birmingham at the semi-final stage and Grant's side now face the Blues again in the league on Sunday, in a clash being shown live on Sky Sports.
Noble is targeting victory in this game - which would see the Hammers leapfrog the Blues - as well as a win against fellow strugglers West Brom next Saturday.
He said: "The manager isn't the loudest man in the world, he's not going to scream and holler on the side of the pitch all the time, but he gets his points across and I have enjoyed playing under him this year.
"The Carling Cup is not important any more. I would take winning the next two games over a day out at Wembley playing Arsenal any day. The club seems to have settled down a bit now."