West Ham United look a solid unit this season and are being tipped to challenge the top six.
The Hammers have improved markedly since Manuel Pellegrini’s arrival last summer.
West Ham boast the best home record outside the top six since the Chilean took over in 2018.
And this season they are looking to become part of that top six as they go into Sunday’s game against Manchester United unbeaten since the opening day defeat to Manchester City.
Project Pellegrini progressing well
Vastly improved recruitment under Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos has been key to that.
So too has the manager implementing a clear, attacking style of play and helping rediscover the club’s identity.
But at the heart of this ever-improving Hammers side is a strong relationship between Mark Noble and Pellegrini.
That’s according to former West Ham forward and coach Teddy Sheringham, a former teammate of Noble’s under Alan Pardew who went on to return to the club as striker coach under Sam Allardyce.
Sheringham has been discussing the Noble-Pellegrini dynamic in an interview with the club’s official programme.
Sheringham lifts lid on Noble and Pellegrini dynamic
“I like the fact that they’re still being led by my man Mark Noble (since Pellegrini’s appointment) which is fantastic to see because he’s some player,” Sheringham told the West Ham programme for Sunday’s game vs Manchester United.
“Teddy, who was already a 38-year-old veteran, when the current West Ham skipper – 21 years his junior – made his debut against Southend United in a Carling Cup second round tie in August 2004.
“West Ham are lucky to have someone like Mark because he knows the Premier League inside out and realises what makes West Ham United tick, too.
“Without doubt, he’s on the same wavelength as Pellegrini in terms of what the manager’s trying to achieve. Sure, he’s not the quickest but intelligent players don’t have to charge around because they can read the game.”
A Noble Hammer
At 32 and having signed a new deal to 2023 under Pellegrini earlier this year, it is safe to say Noble will end his career at West Ham.
And judging by Sheringham’s comments Pellegrini values Noble’s positive influence off the pitch just as much as on it.
After that who knows, perhaps a coaching role awaits this undoubted Hammers legend.