West Ham United captain Mark Noble has lifted the lid on the dressing down he delivered to teammates after their shambolic defeat to Wolves.
West Ham sit bottom of the league after four defeats from their opening four Premier League games under Manuel Pellegrini.
Hammers fans were excited about a brighter future after the appointment of the title winning Chilean.
The club backed the new boss with unprecedented transfer funds too.
A £100 million spend on nine new players was meant to make the East Londoners a more competitive force.
But instead they sit bottom, the only club in England on zero points and facing a daunting run of fixtures which threatens to plunge the club into a season-long relegation battle.
‘A few home truths needed to be told’
Skipper Mark Noble has struggled with injury so far this season and was an unused substitute during the dismal defeat at home to Wolves last time out.
The homegrown Hammers captain was said to have given his teammates a dressing down after that defeat.
And now in his column with the Evening Standard Noble has lifted the lid on what happened.
“I went into the dressing room after the game because a few home truths needed to be told,” Noble told the Evening Standard.
“The effort and work-rate was nowhere near where it should have been. Sometimes it has to be said and that was one of those times.
Well said skip’
“As a captain, I do my best to keep people happy but the most important thing is to be yourself. Yes, I could take the players for a night out, a party and a bit of team-bonding but we would get caned for that because we’re bottom of the league.
“No. The best thing I can do is go out on that training pitch, work hard, lead by example — and say what I think. When you don’t have the ball most of the time you need to defend as a team. Unless you put that effort in, you’re not going to win.”
Well said skipper.
Noble has been the go-to scapegoat for West Ham this season.
But there is no doubting his commitment to the cause.
It says a lot that he has felt the need to intervene so early into Pellegrini’s tenure.
West Ham fans will be hoping his harsh words haven’t fallen on deaf ears.
The proof in the pudding will come against Everton on Sunday.