By Jonty Banks

24th May, 2023 | 7:10pm

Mark Noble assured of West Ham United future despite Tiago Pinto director of football chase - Alex Crook

Mark Noble has been assured of his West Ham United future despite the club’s search for a new director of football, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

Hammers legend Noble only took up the role of sporting director last summer, but the club are looking to revamp their recruitment department after a disappointing Premier League campaign.

The report states that the Hammers want to hire Roma director of football Tiago Pinto at the London Stadium, while Brentford’s Lee Dykes is also being considered.

“But talkSPORT understands Noble, who remains a popular figure with players and fans, will still have a significant role to play in any restructure, particularly in helping develop young academy players,” Crook wrote.

Fresh addition needed

After a severly underwhelming season in the Premier League, change was always expected upstairs.

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The reservations that Hammers fans might have had would have been regarding the position of fan-favourite Noble and whether he was going to be axed as sporting director.

There are few other faces who know the club as well as the 36-year-old does, but it was clear he was being spread thinly across numerous roles this season.

Getting a fresh face into the club to help on the recruitment side of things can allow Noble to turn his attentions to the academy and hopefully, helping nurture the next crop of West Ham United stars.

The business the club undertook in last year’s summer transfer window simply wasn’t good enough, with big name signings such as Gianluca Scamacca and Thilo Kehrer struggling for large portions of the season.

Hopefully this reshuffle will allow both Noble and the first-team benefit in the long-run.