Mark Noble: West Ham captain eyeing director role at club once he retires from playing

Mark Noble has made over 500 appearances for West Ham spanning across 17 years at the club; manager David Moyes says the 34-year-old midfielder has aspirations of a role as a sporting or technical director rather than a role on the footballing side.

West Ham United's Mark Noble during the pre-season friendly match at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, Reading. Picture date: Wednesday July 21, 2021.
Image: Mark Noble has one year remaining on his current deal at West Ham

Mark Noble could be set for a role as sporting director at West Ham once he hangs up his boots.

The 34-year-old midfielder is in his final season as a Hammers player after 17 years at the club.

It was widely assumed Noble would move into coaching when his playing career came to an end.

But manager David Moyes revealed: "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."

Mark Noble
Image: West Ham manager Moyes has hailed the importance of Noble's experience

Noble, who made his West Ham debut in 2004, has seen his playing time largely limited to substitute appearances these days.

But with a maiden Europa League group stage campaign to prepare for this season, Moyes insists the club captain remains an important part of his plans.

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"He's going to have a massive part to play in the period leading up to Christmas particularly, where we will need lots of players for a lot of extra games," added Moyes.

Mark Noble
Image: Noble has been at West Ham since 2004

"I hope that Mark will be in good condition, fit and ready to play, because he can bring experience when he comes on in games. I feel that he can help us set the tempo in certain games.

"So he's far from ruled out of playing more and we're not talking about putting him out to grass yet, but we are preparing for life after first-team football."

Noble will be on the bench again when West Ham host Leicester on Monday night, with Moyes expected to stick with the side which beat Newcastle 4-2 on the opening weekend.

Wing-back Arthur Masuaku is the only injury absentee with a knee problem.

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