‘I will give it absolutely everything I have’ – West Ham appoint club legend Mark Noble as their new sporting director

    West Ham United legend Mark Noble will become the club’s new sporting director in January.

    A career-long servant to the Hammers, he retired from playing in the summer after 18 years in the club’s midfield.

    Noble will return to West Ham next year

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    Noble will return to West Ham next year

    He will take up a senior role behind the scenes

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    He will take up a senior role behind the scenes

    He takes up the newly-created role, which sees him work closely both with David Moyes and the board of directors, in 2023.

    As sporting director he will contribute to ‘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’.

    The appointment comes after the 35-year-old completed an Entertainment, Media and Sports Business leadership course at the Harvard Business School.

    Noble said: “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 honour 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.

    “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.

    Noble is adored by the Hammers and their final home match of last season saw fans teammates and even Pep Guardiola pay tribute to him

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    Noble is adored by the Hammers and their final home match of last season saw fans teammates and even Pep Guardiola pay tribute to him

    Noble couldn’t hold back the tears before kick-off in his last home match for West Ham but now he will return in an off-field role

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    Noble couldn’t hold back the tears before kick-off in his last home match for West Ham but now he will return in an off-field role

    “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 forwards 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.

    “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.”

    Noble made 550 appearances for the Hammers, scoring 62 goals in a fine career in east London.

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