Mark Noble’s return to West Ham United was announced on Thursday, and Tony Cottee, a former Hammer, is thrilled with the news.
As the Irons go forward, Noble, who finished his playing career at the London Stadium at the end of the previous season, has been named the team’s first-ever sports director.
In order to assist his old team in any way he can, he will maintain regular communication with manager David Moyes and the rest of the senior squad.
Former West Ham player and fan favourite Cottee expressed his happiness at Noble’s hiring on Twitter and wished him well in his new position.
I’m pleased that Noble has been offered a position at West Ham,” he remarked. Legends of one club should never leave their local establishments! Congratulations and good luck, buddy.
The Irons haven’t played as well as they should have so far this season for a variety of reasons, and perhaps Noble’s absence is one of them.
He was the heart and soul of the dressing room last season as the club captain because of his personal love for the organisation, but that is no longer there in the squad.
The greatest candidate to handle those obligations is Declan Rice, but Noble stands apart from the competition in some way.
Noble’s return to the team may be an effort to rekindle the players’ motivation and begin the ascent out of the relegation zone and into the top half, where they belong.
The road back to becoming European rivals may require more than just this one appointment, but if it does, it is a tremendous beginning.
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