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Mark Noble was key to second coming of David Moyes at West Ham but does he still hold sway over extending Scot's stay?

When David Moyes returned to West Ham United for a second spell at the turn of the year it is fair to say it did not go down well.

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West Ham fans respected Moyes for the solid job he did in his brief first spell.

But many supporters were furious with owners David Sullivan and David Gold for re-appointing the man the duo deemed not progressive enough for the Hammers just 18 months previous.

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West Ham transformed after the second coming of Moyes

West Ham fans are an honest bunch. And many will be the first to admit they saw Moyes’s reappointment as a cheap, unambitious move that was out of touch with their expectations.

Fast forward just under a year and the hardworking Scot has overseen quite some turnaround.

It is perhaps too soon to proclaim the second coming of the Moyesiah, as some have done.

But West Ham look a younger, fitter, hungrier, more organised and more vibrant side than the ones Moyes inherited from Manuel Pellegrini.

The humble pie is not quite ready to be served yet. But Moyes is the type of man who would not make his doubters and detractors eat it anyway.

He is focused on building something for the long term at West Ham.

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Noble key to Moyes return, but with waning influence does he still have sway with owners he criticised?

On Sunday, the Hammers can go into the European places with a win at basement club Sheffield United.

And ironically one of the men who played a key role in West Ham’s transformation under Moyes will be watching on from the bench.

Hammers skipper Mark Noble was gutted to see Moyes go the first time around.

And he championed bringing the Scot back when Pellegrini was sacked and Sullivan and Gold had a decision to make (Telegraph).

Now speculation has been rife over whether Moyes will get a new deal at the club.

Some feel he fully deserves one given the work he and his staff have done so far.

Others suggest it may be too soon.

According to the likes of insiders Claret & Hugh, Sullivan and Gold do not discuss new contracts until January each year and it will be no different with Moyes.

He will have just six months to run on his current deal by then.

And if West Ham carry on like this, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that others may take an interest in his situation.

Indeed could Sullivan and Gold even decide to go in a different direction once again? Unlikely you would think. But stranger things and all that.

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Big decision to make over Scots future, but Noble may not have a say

Usually the board would seek out Noble’s opinion in such matters.

But the big question now is does he still hold the same sway with Sullivan and Gold.

Noble is a West Ham legend of that there is no doubt. But his role in the team is diminishing and his playing future remains unclear.

Then there is the fact Noble hit out at Sullivan and Gold – much to the delight of the club’s fans – over the sale of Grady Diangana.

The midfielder took to Twitter to question the running of the club and make his feelings clear.

According to The Evening Standard, Noble held peace talks with Sullivan in the wake of the outburst.

But whether they patched things up sufficiently for Noble to maintain a real position of power remains to be seen.

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