By Joe Ellis

17th Nov, 2022 | 10:10pm

Mark Noble comments should be worry for David Moyes ahead of West Ham United return

Mark Noble is set to return to West Ham United on 3 January in a new director of football role but he doesn’t seem totally confident.

The former Irons captain retired from playing at the end of last season after 17 years with his boyhood club and has spent much of his time since on holiday in all kinds of places.

But he will be back at Rush Green and among the thick of things after the World Cup break when he takes on his new role as the club’s director of football, a position created just for him.

Noble spoke in an interview with the Evening Standard about his upcoming venture away from the pitch and while he tries to put on a brave face, there seems to be some trepidation.

“I’m ready, Obviously, I’m going to learn on the job, but I know the club probably better than anyone,” he said. “It’s also something I had been thinking about doing for some time and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity.”

While “I’m ready” is a good thing to hear, David Moyes might not be so thrilled to hear him talk about learning on the job when he is in such a high-standing role at the football club.

The director of football has to be somebody with plenty of experience in everything off the pitch and Noble has only ever known on it for his entire career so far.

He is also starting his new job in one of the busiest periods of the season as the January transfer window could well see a lot of comings and goings at the London Stadium.

All of that falls on his shoulders, primarily, and that is a huge mountain of pressure in your first days in the role so ‘Mr West Ham’ could really do with somebody to hold his hand through at least that month while he gets used to it all.