Hammers hero gives damning Noble verdict


Mark-Noble-640914Phil Parkes has given the most honest appraisal yet of Mark Nobles’s position at West Ham.

Big Phil – speaking exclusively to the April edition of  Blowing Bubbles via the No 1 Hammers magazine’s partnership with ClaretandHugh – has made it clear that he believes the captain’s “day is done.”

The Noble issue has divided the fan base this season but the heroic former Hammers keeper is in no doubt that the Hammers should be looking elsewhere for their midfield inspiration.

He said: “My view since the beginning of the season has been that Mark’s day is done.

“He’s never been the quickest across the ground but this season he’s got slower and the amount of sideways and backwards passing he’s involved in slows everything down.

“He has had a fabulous career and is a wonderful club man. We all have enormous respect for him but we all come to an end of our career and I believe Mark’s time has come. “

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Fazzamania says:

    Nobes is still class. He is not a 90 minute man anymore but can still hold the ball. Needs to be managed in certain games and is a good leader.

  • Stan The Man says:

    No doubt he is a class man Fazzmania but its my opinion and mine alone before i get shot,i dont think much of him as a footballer.A very average Premiership midfielder in my view this season and i cant see him gaining his form of last season again.
    The statistical queens will come out with the usual mantra they produce all the time but i use my eyes not a laptop and stat sites to have an opinion on a player.

    • tonycheekyboy says:

      Well said and sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth about players or managers they love like cook food.

  • Thiucgshaun says:

    Its time for phil parkes to shut up. The same goes for Tony Gale.

  • Stan The Man says:

    Well i think that ex players from all teams have their say Shaun.Sometimes it is what we agree with sometimes the polar opposite of what we agree with but they can express an opinion as much as they want in my book lol

  • Swanie says:

    Its simple really most the time.Someone gives an opinion and the ones who agree applaud them for saying it how it is.Those who disagree tell them to wind their necks in.We are all guilty of doing that aint we haha
    Stats worshippers do my bonce in Stan,there should be a ban button that sends them flying off a seat like in that Graham Norton show lmao

  • GW says:

    Come on Parksy surely you know you can’t say a bad word about the captain even though it’s true 😀 His pass success rate sideways and backwards is 95% after all 😂😂

  • ric vespa says:

    I’ve been screaming this since the start of the season maybe even the end of last season. Obiang needed to be the starter.
    None of us really know how good of a leader he actually is. Actually none of us really know anything just opinions.

  • bubbles says:

    These posts are the reason Bilic must be moved on . Noble never was great . Just hard working , but those days have gone . Before the wailing begins you can stick your statistics where the sun don’t shine . Obiang should have been in the side from day one . Noble is at best a bench warmer but even that is stopping a youngster like Oxford savouring the match day atmosphere . Our season has been ruined by Payet and Bilic . He has constantly played people out of position to accomodate Noble who has contributed nothing positive all season . Top this of with a review of the horrendous transfer dealings and Bilic has to go . Sanchez has already made Noble look stupid once this season . He MUST NOT be picked for Wednesdays game . COYI

    • Roman says:

      On the money again bubbles.I suspect Bilic will pick Noble again.It’s Allardyce picking Nolan (no legs) again.

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    I dont class Noble as a Nolegs just yet,he aint got that bad but he is heading in that direction.Anyway leave it to the Stats Gurus they will tell you what a fantasic player he is 😂😂

  • Stan The Man says:

    If you were to believe the stat kids then Yaya Toure,Andrea Pirlo,Patrick Viera and the like have nothing on Noble lol
    I dont know maybe im old fashioned but when people start using statistics in a discussion about a footballer and his worth they send me into a deep sleep.

    • GW says:

      Not old fashioned mate you just use those things you can see with and make a decision 😂😂 Who’d have thought that your eyes can help making a decision eh 😀

      • Macca says:

        Talking of using your eyes i have just come away from that sisterhoods site.Super article by HH but i always end up logging off of there wondering whether i am reading a football blog or a lets talk about any random sh1t and sound like experts on it blog.Talk about some of them blowing it out of their own asses…

        • Stan The Man says:

          In view of recent love peace and harmony events Macca you are probably better off laughing to yourself not expressing your view.
          Admittedly we all know Socrates Aristotle and Plato have nothing on a few of them but these days silence is golden lol

  • God forbid that a former player should ever tell the truth as he believes it to be eh…it’s just not done SIGH

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      Indeed Hugh, ex players know when the game is up they will have experienced it themselves, I wouldn’t write Noble off, he seems to always be able to dig deep and find something when he has too but it has looked most of the season s though the writing was on the wall, time to find a new terrier in the midfield. We missed out on Kante, Ndidi, Gueye and Mendy we sold Song we need a bit of bite or maybe just give Nordveidt a shot in his natural position.

    • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

      Lol Hugh,didnt you realise that ex-players opinions can only released to the public after going through The West Ham Fans Comment Commitee and been given the green light 😂😂

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