Mark Noble will return to West Ham a few months after retiring as a player. Noble retired from the Hammers in May, when he ended last season, and completed an 18-year cycle at the club. Thus, he will work at the club of his life, for which he supports and where he became an idol, as of January.
The former club player does not have a priority to work as a coach. He will work closely with David Moyes and the other club directors in a role that is new to the organization. Noble will be an important part of West Ham’s entire football operation, with a focus on player recruitment, academy development and the well-being of players and staff.
With a remarkable record as a player, Noble made 550 appearances for the club, where he also became captain. In his new role, he will focus on ensuring that signings and youth players embrace the club’s football philosophy and values. He will also be responsible for the strategic alignment of the club.
The ex-captain has been preparing for this. He traveled to the United States and completed a course in entertainment, media and sport business at Harvard Business School last summer. “I’m really happy to be back and can’t wait to get started. I would like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity, it is a great honor for me to take on this role at West Ham United,” said Noble.
“I have spent the last 24 years as a player here, first in the youth ranks and then in the first team and they obviously have a deep knowledge and understanding of the club. Throughout my career, the one thing I’ve tried harder than anything has been constant improvement, on and off the field.” “This became even more important when I was named captain of the team in 2015 and the last seven years have given me great experience and preparation for the next stage of my life and career.”
“In particular, the last couple of years, as my playing days were naturally winding down, it has given me a fantastic opportunity to really invest time in educating myself and gaining a greater knowledge and understanding of the work that goes on behind the scenes. This club has made some fantastic strides in this period and I look forward to returning at such an exciting time.”
Coach David Moyes saw with great eyes the return of Noble, now as director. “I am really pleased to welcome Mark back. He has been a huge asset to me as a player and captain and I know he will give the club and me fantastic support again in this role.”
“He was and will always be part of the history of this club. There was never any doubt that he would return in a senior role.” “He is already familiar with all aspects of the organisation, he personally knows all the staff and employees who work in all departments, he always puts the club’s interests at the heart of everything he does. He will help to have a strong connection between the football operation and the rest of the club and will continue to be a great asset to West Ham.”