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One Step Forward

Louis Nixon's picture
Submitted by Louis Nixon on Thu, 22/09/2022 - 21:47

News that Mark Noble will be returning to the club as 'sporting director' has generally been greeted with joy and enthusiasm by most Hammers fans, it is clearly obvious that his presence has been missing since he retired at the end of last season, but what can he bring to the club in his new role?

Appointing Noble is seen by many as a constructive step forward, but like many new appointments there is no guarantee things will work out as planned and that what will be a step forward may well end up as being two steps back! This is in no way intended as a criticism of Nobes' ability, realistically it is a more balanced view of how events might unfold.

One thing that is for sure is that Mark Noble is NO MUG, he will not be rejoining the club to be a yes man. Through diligent investments made during his playing career Mark Noble is financially secure for the rest of his life, so he has no need to work ever again if he so wishes, but he does have a deep rooted love of the club that will give him the impetus to make his Mark, excuse the pun.

In the short term it would do absolutely no harm whatsoever if he did a bit of occasional coaching and was able to make himself available for certain match days as an additional voice in the players' ears, the dressing room is surely missing him and the team's results since he has not been there have been poor to say the least.

Bringing Nobes back into the fold will be a welcome fillip, but don't expect any short term miracles, because as in many things in life, sometimes you have to take two steps backward after one forward step!- Ed

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Just his presence makes a difference,but being made sporting director could be & should be a sign of him having a big role in what goes on at the club.He more than anyone knows what supprting westham is all about & hopefully will have an impact

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Great news but can't forget how disgracefully the club treated Bobby Moore .

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Deluded Hammer's picture

At his duties as Sporting Director I think his biggest influences will be as a buffer between manager and directors and as a scout, as it were, for players coming into the club. Goes without saying his influences on the training pitch and playing field will have more of a motivation than Moyes could ever drum up.
I actually see him as a future manager and his career under so many different managers can only be to his benefit. I look forward to seeing him on the touchline. Him and Nolan would do well imo.

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

But truly hope to be proved wrong.

I fear this is a political appointment, it’s Minister without portfolio by that I mean he has little or no teeth and can be the ideal scapegoat for the future. I just have little faith in the board and don’t trust them but as I said, I hope to be proved wrong! COYI’s!!!

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This is a stepping stone back into the club and rightly so,in what way it will work im not sure,but he knows the club,from playing,and from the terraces,and this can only be a big plus in my eyes.

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cast iron's picture

The lynchpin if used properly nobody knows how west ham is run better than him, from the tea girl to the owners, how to greet new players, how to gee them up in the dressing room and most important of all listen to Moyes ideas and take the pressure off Declan Rice I think his form has dipped since he has been captain on his own and got to be good for the confidence of the players. but I think sweeping up the dressing room will be out

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harrythehammers's picture

So apparently he will be tasked with player recruitment, academy development and providing support for staff and players from both men's and women's sides from a well-being perspective. So for the well being and mental health of all the new signings then lets hope his first task will be to convince the board to sack Moyes.

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