By Saikat Mandal

24th Nov, 2021 | 10:40am

Dmitri Halajko raves about West Ham midfielder Mark Noble

Former West Ham coach Dmitri Halajko has showered heaps of praise on Mark Noble and Declan Rice.

Halajko, who was the manager of the West Ham Under-23 side, left his post recently. Former West Ham midfielder Mark Robson has replaced him.

He has hailed Noble as “unbelievable”, saying the Hammers skipper has been a frequent visitor to Under-23 matches, and that he is an inspiration for the academy players at the club.

He has revealed to The Athletic that Noble often “sweeps the changing room and tidies the bus” after first-team games.

“They’re unbelievable,” Halajko said to The Athletic.

“Dec will watch the under-23s games, Mark will watch the under-18s and under-17s. He came to our FA Youth Cup game at Norwich last season on his day off. The interest they show is great.

“Mark sweeps the changing room and tidies the bus after a first-team game. They set the standards and an academy player will see that and think, ‘If a first-team player does that, then why can’t I?’ They look after the players and want them to do well.”

Club legend

Noble made his senior debut for the club in 2004 after graduating from the club’s youth academy.

He has been a one-club man, save for loan spells at Hully City and Ipswich Town, and has made over 530 appearances in all competitions.

The 34-year-old has made just seven appearances this season, but his influence at the club goes beyond that.

He has set high standards for himself on the pitch, and has been a role model for young players coming through from the academy.

However, this will be his last season at the club. After a long service of 18 years, he will bring the curtain down.

He has been reduced to bit-part roles due to the form of Rice and Tomas Soucek in central midfield.

Noble has always been supportive of young players [The Guardian] and his legacy at the club will always remain intact despite him publicly criticising the decision to sell Grady Diangana to West Brom.

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