Mark Noble is taking on a ‘very big job’ as West Ham’s sporting director but may be able to link the club’s past and present, talkSPORT have been told.
The Hammers announced that Noble will take the position in January following his retirement from playing at the end of last season after 18 years with the club.
Since hanging up his boots, the 35-year-old former midfielder completed an Entertainment, Media and Sports Business leadership course at the Harvard Business School.
Does that make him qualified for the position though? Well talkSPORT host and former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan isn’t sure.
“It’s an interesting appointment,” he said. “David Moyes talked about the spirit of Mark Noble being missed in the dressing room.
“We’ve seen instances of Mark Noble behind the scenes and he appears to be someone of great substance whether we’ve got pictures of him sweeping the dressing room or generally being a positive influence or a culture setter.
“What I do like about this is he does appear to straddle an outlook of an individual that goes back to an age when apprentices earned their space in the world alongside the new generation of footballers that are a little bit different.”
Explaining the role, Jordan added: “It’s a very big job, it’s not a small job, it’s not a job for the boys.
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“A proper sporting director’s job sets the pattern of how a club operates with and without individual managers, it’s about how the football club stacks up from what the academy does, through to who runs the academy, through to what it produces to what players they buy, how they scout, how the first team are supplemented, which managers they employ.
“It’s a very big job, I can’t say anything other than it will be fascinating to see how it develops and well done to both the club and him for wanting to make a move that appears to have some merit to it.
“If West Ham want to be an elite side in the Premier League do they employ the best sporting director or do they go back to someone who was once a footballer and played for them?
“If he was a player who once played for them and becomes a great sporting director, what an inspired choice! If he’s a footballer who doesn’t become a good sporting director, what a poor choice!”
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