Alan Pardew claims West Ham club captain Mark Noble will make an excellent manager if that is the path he decides to go down after retiring.
Noble announced earlier this month that next season will be his last with West Ham. He has seen his playing time reduce massively this year due to the performances of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.
But Pardew believes the skipper still has a long career ahead of him in the game. As reported by The Athletic, Pardew claimed his former player has the right personality to be a successful first-team boss.
“He was great when I was the manager and he was very wise,” said Pardew.
“I don’t think Mark will change. That desire to win is something he will take into whatever he decides to do next.
“Mark will be an excellent manager and a lot of the time being a manager is about common sense and dealing with players and staff. He’ll have all of that to look forward to and I’m sure Mark will have a really long career in the game once he eventually retires.”
Future West Ham boss?
Stranger things have happened. Noble could well end up in charge of the club one day, becoming only the second man to captain and manage the club after Billy Bonds.
At this moment in time, we have no idea what his managerial skills will be like. But, as Pardew rightly says, he definitely has the right attitude for such a role.
Noble has been captain of the club for five years. In truth, he’s been a leader at West Ham for so much longer than that.
He’s an excellent example to all of the young players at the club that if you work hard and dedicate yourself you will succeed. Noble is the glue that holds West Ham together and has led us through some tough times.
The stadium move was one of the hardest in the history of the club. Not financially, but with regards to performances on the pitch and the relationship between the board and the fans. Noble led the club to safety on numerous occasions. No one knows West Ham like he does.
Even now, he is making sure he supports the younger teams. He went to watch the Under-18s in their 5-0 thrashing of Norwich City on Monday, the day after he played for West Ham against Arsenal. Maybe that in itself is an indication of where he will end up the season after next.
In other West Ham news, Mipo Odubeko is turning heads again for the development sides.