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