By Sean Fisher

22nd Sep, 2022 | 11:37am

David Sullivan: Mark Noble is 'part of the fabric' at West Ham and can thrive in new role

Mark Noble will start his new role as Sporting Director at West Ham in January and will aim to help the club’s footballing operations, says David Sullivan.

Just four months after making his final appearance for the club, it’s been announced that Noble will return to West Ham in January to take up a Sporting Director role, as confirmed on 22 September.

Noble spent over 20 years at West Ham as a player, rising through the academy before making over 450 appearances for the club throughout his career.

But he’s now embarking on a new challenge with the West Ham board, and joint-chairman Sullivan believes the Hammers legend will settle in quickly to his new role.

“He has been and always will be a part of the fabric of this football club,” Sullivan told West Ham’s official site.

“He is already familiar in every aspect of the organisation, he personally knows all of the staff who work here across all departments, and he always puts the Club’s best interests at the heart of everything he does.

“He will help to provide another strong link between the football operation and the wider Club, and will continue to be a great asset to West Ham United.”

A familiar face

Seeing Noble back in-and-around the London Stadium is exciting for all West Ham fans.

He thoroughly deserves a role at the club after his incredible service to the team throughout his career, and he’ll be hugely helpful in bridging the gap between the board, the players and the fans.

Having been in the West Ham dressing room for more than half of his life, there’s no better choice than Noble to help the club moving forward.

His insight on the current squad and also his familiarity with the club’s day-to-day operations leaves no doubt about whether he’ll succeed as Sporting Director.

The fans have often had a strained relationship with the board and owners, but Noble’s appointment means he can assure the fans that the club is being put first in every decision.

It’s a smart appointment by the club, and one all Hammers fans can get on board with. Roll on January!