By Beck Pascal

17th May, 2022 | 6:10pm

Simon Jordan: West Ham United ace Mark Noble shouldn't be 'over sentimentalised'

Simon Jordan has insisted that footballers have no loyalty and are greedy when probed about Mark Noble’s West Ham career. 

The 35-year-old played his last home game for the club on Sunday [May 15] against Manchester City and is retiring having only ever played for the Hammers. 

However, Jordan doesn’t believe the achievement shouldn’t be “over sentimentalised” in his brutally honest take on the veteran. 

When asked why one club footballers are so rare in modern-day football, he told talkSPORT: “Because footballers have no loyalty and are incredibly greedy at times.  

Jordan was then asked whether he applauds what Noble has done at West Ham, to which he replied: “In this day and age, it is such a rare thing, because of the way in which contracts are detailed, because of the way in which player come and go. 

“You know, the Matthew Le Tissier’s playing all their career at Southampton that are really sublime talents. 

“Mark Noble is not a sublime talent, he is a decent talent that did very well to have a 17-year career at West Ham – a very decent and honest footballer by all accounts.”

He added: “Should we over sentimentalise it? Probably not but that is football – football is driven by sentiment.” 


As per usual, Jordan is spouting a load of nonsense purely to get a reaction. 

You can somewhat understand where he was coming from but Noble in his prime received a fair bit of attention from other teams, including Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal back in the day. 

This is a terrible take on the Hammers legend – it is all too easy to assume that he settled in east London but it was actually love and devotion to his team that kept him there for his whole career. 

It deserves so much credit because for a club to keep you for the best part of two decades is far from easy – he must have been doing something that not many others could offer.

Football has changed massively and that is glaringly obvious with Jordan’s awful take that loyalty doesn’t deserve to be sentimentalised. 

Noble will be a huge miss for the Irons and his legacy will live on forever at the club.

In other West Ham news, Martin Samuel has responded to the latest West Ham London Stadium developments dubbing it the “deal of the century”.

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