Noble returns to West Ham as sporting director

Noble returns to West Ham as sporting director

West Ham have announced former captain Mark Noble is to return to the club as sporting director.

Noble, 35, retired at the end of last season following 18 campaigns with his boyhood side.

In a newly created position, Noble will work closely in support of Hammers manager David Moyes and the current board.

"I'm really happy to be coming back and can't wait to get started," Noble said. "I'd like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity - it's a great honour for me to take up this role.

"I've spent the last 24 years as a player here, first in the academy and then in the first team, and obviously have a deep knowledge and understanding of the club.

The last two years, as my playing days began to naturally wind down, gave me a fantastic opportunity to really spend some time educating myself and gaining greater knowledge and understanding of the work that goes on behind the scenes.

This club has made some fantastic strides forward in that period and I am really looking forward to coming back at such an exciting time."