Mark Noble returns to West Ham as sporting director months after his retirement. The former captain will start in January in the newly created position at his boys’ club, where he played for 18 years.
As coaching is not currently a priority for Noble, he will work closely with David Moyes and the Directors. The 35-year-old will provide input, advice and assistance across West Ham’s football operation, with responsibilities including a focus on recruiting players, developing the academy and the well-being of players and staff.
Noble, who played 550 games for West Ham before retiring at the end of last season, will focus on ensuring that players from the academy embrace the club’s football philosophy and values. He will also ensure that the entire club is strategically aligned.
Noble, who traveled to the US last summer to take an entertainment, media and sports course at Harvard Business School, said: “I’m very happy to be back and can’t wait to get started. I would like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity – it is a great honor for me to take on this role at West Ham United.
“Having spent the last 24 years here as a player, first in the academy and then in the first team, I clearly have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the club. Throughout my playing career I have always strived for constant improvement, on and off the field.
“That became even more important to me when I became captain of the club in 2015 and the last seven years have given me so much experience and preparation for the next phase of my life and career.
“The last two years in particular, when my playing days started to wind down naturally, gave me a fantastic opportunity to really spend some time educating myself and gaining more knowledge and understanding of the work behind the screens. This club has made fantastic strides during that period and I am really looking forward to returning at such an exciting time.”
Moyes, whose side is languishing in 18th after a rocky start, said: “I am delighted to welcome Mark back. He has been a great asset to me as a player and captain and I know he will be a fantastic support for the club and myself again. give in this role.”
David Sullivan, co-owner of West Ham, said: “He is and always will be part of the fabric of this club. There was never any doubt that he would return in a senior role in the near future.
“He is already familiar with every aspect of the organisation, he personally knows all the staff who work here across all departments, and he always puts the interest of the club at the heart of everything he does. He will help to re-establish a strong link between the football operation and the wider club, and will continue to be a great asset to West Ham.