Mark Noble has responded to ‘job for the boys’ doubters over his new West Ham Sporting Director role after the announcement this week.
It is fair to say the appointment of Noble to the newly created role has met with a largely positive reaction overall.
But there has also been questions raised over his credentials for the job.
West Ham confirmed that Noble will return to the club as Sporting Director from January.
The legendary Hammers figure has been hugely missed off the pitch and in the West Ham dressing room this season.
But he will return to the club in an official capacity on January 2nd 2023 after bringing the curtain down on his career as a West Ham player back in May after 550 senior appearances across 18 years in a Claret and Blue shirt.
West Ham made it clear Noble will be heavily involved in key aspects of the club including transfers and recruitment.
Some have labelled the appointment a ‘job for the boys’ and questioned whether he has the expertise for such a massive, all-encompassing position.
Now Noble has responded to ‘job for the boys’ doubters over his new West Ham Sporting Director role.
Speaking in a new interview with West Ham TV, Noble admits he knows questions will be asked.
But he insists it is not a ‘job for the boys’ and that he will learn quickly.
“I’ve looked a lot at what goes on in a football club,” Noble told West Ham TV.
“I’ve spent time at Havard in Boston on a business, entertainment, media and sports programme, which I found incredibly enjoyable but also a massive learning curve for me, to meet some fantastic people around the world in that degree.
“But it’s a position I always thought I’d enjoy and always wanted and I’ve been lucky enough to be given the opportunity…
“I sat down with (vice-chairman) Karren (Brady) and she asked me to fulfil this role, she said ‘Look I’m not offering you this role because you’re Mark Noble, I’m offering you it because you’re best suited to what we need’…
“I won’t be coming in with vast experience in this role, of course not. With the experience I’ve got, not just in business, but the football club, I’m pretty sure I’ll learn quickly.”
Hammers News has outlined how Noble will hope to emulate the success of the likes of Michael Zorc – widely regarded as the world’s best sporting director of recent times.
Like Noble at West Ham, Zorc dedicated his entire career to his club, Borussia Dortmund, as a player and worked wonders having been appointed to the sporting director role upon his retirement as a player, aged 36.
Zorc retired from the sporting director role in the summer but has been hailed as ‘the man who changed the fortunes of Borussia Dortmund’.
Let’s hope Noble has the same kind of impact in his own transition at West Ham.