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Mark Noble announced earlier this month that he’ll be hanging up his boots at the end of the 2021/22 Premier League season with West Ham.
The skipper will go into the history books as one of the greatest servants in the club’s long history. He is, after all, Mr West Ham. Noble grew up in Canning Town, just down the road from Upton Park. He’s our record appearance holder in the Premier League, just two shy of 400.
A career such as his doesn’t come around too often. Noble has been in and around the Hammers first team since his debut in 2005. No one knows the club as he does, West Ham wouldn’t be the same without him if he were to walk away completely.
We asked for your burning questions about the Hammers this week for West Ham Zone editor James Wood to answer. One fan wanted to know if the club are going to offer Noble a role once he retires.
Although talks haven’t been officially held yet, it appears that Noble himself is very keen to be involved with the club in some capacity when he retires next year. He already appears to be taking steps towards this himself, making sure he is often supporting the younger generation of talent at the club.
As reported by The Athletic, Nobes was in attendance last week at Carrow Road, as our Under-18s side won 5-0 in the FA Youth Cup. He travelled up on Monday having come off the bench to face Arsenal with the first team less than 24 hours earlier.
Noble is often spotted at the academy which is still located in Chadwell Heath – away from the first team at Rush Green. His son is in the youth ranks, so feels it is important that he goes down there to show his face and provide inspiration. Noble said in his open letter to the club that he looks forward to spending much more time down at the academy.
In 2018, the skipper founded Mark Noble Football. In short, training camps he’s set up for young footballers between the ages of five and 14. It gives the youngsters a chance to be coached by professionals and takes place at Billericay Town football club.
If this isn’t an indicator of his coaching interests, then we don’t know what is! It is worth noting he doesn’t run the sessions himself, but Nobes is known to go and show his face whilst the camps are taking place and meet the youngsters.
In other West Ham news, ex-boss Alan Pardew says Noble will make a great manager one day.