Mark Noble future West Ham United manager.

As the homegrown Hammers midfielder brings the curtain down on a West Ham career spanning nearly two decades in the first team, that sentence seems almost inevitable at some stage in the future.

Noble’s playing days are officially numbered this season after he announced he will retire at the end of the current campaign.

But in truth they have been for some time. Indeed ever since Tomas Soucek arrived at the club and struck up one of the best midfield partnerships in the Premier League.

Noble has been honest about his ambitions post playing.

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Noble admitted he is not keen on becoming West Ham manager when playing days are over

Speaking on Jamie and Harry Redknapp’s Sky One show Redknapp’s Home Fixture last year, Noble suggested he might prefer to work under the club’s owners in a director of football role rather than go into management.

“Do you know what I have two thoughts with the management of West Ham thing,” Noble told Redknapp’s Home Fixture.

“Because I’ve been at the club since I was 11 years of age and I love the club so much I’d to be in a position, whether it’s the manager or sitting above the manager but underneath the owners, where I can effect real decisions of the club and the players we sign and bigger decisions.”

Now his manager David Moyes has confirmed that is still where Noble’s head is at regarding his future at West Ham.

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Moyes confirms Noble ambitions for future but says he may still have a big part to play on the pitch yet

Although the Scot has reminded his captain he may still have a big role to play ON the pitch this season before hanging up his boots.

“I think Mark has other ideas, maybe a role as a sporting director or a technical director rather than on the footballing side,” Moyes said in his pre-Leicester press conference when asked about Noble going into coaching.

“We’re already starting to use Mark in other roles behind the scenes.

“But he’s going to have a massive part to play in the period leading up to Christmas particularly, where we will need lots of players for a lot of extra games.

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‘We’re not talking about putting him out to grass yet’

“I hope that Mark will be in good condition, fit and ready to play, because he can bring experience when he comes on in games.

“I feel that he can help us set the tempo in certain games.

“So he’s far from ruled out of playing more and we’re not talking about putting him out to grass yet, but we are preparing for life after first-team football.”

In other news, Rice ‘happy and committed’ at West Ham after new contract threat.

And Palace could leave Moyes frustrated again by beating Hammers to striker.

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