Nobes comments trusted by all Hammers


There may be doubts about David Moyes and the board among some but Nobes’ comments are trusted by all Hammers.

When he speaks it’s worth listening remembering as sporting director was reduced to tears as the Hammers won the Conference trophy in Prague last weekend.

Nobes represents everything that is best in our great club and he has made it clear that what happened last week was the result of all the amazing work that has done in over the years. He should know!

And commenting to he said: “I feel so blessed to be part of it. In one of my first interviews when I became sporting director, I said that I want to win the FA Youth Cup and stay in the league, and I really believed we could win this competition. And normally, at West Ham, it doesn’t always happen.”

 The former Club skipper-turned-sporting director made 550 senior appearances across 18 years of magnificent service in a Claret and Blue shirt. In that time, he tasted relegation, heartbreak and triumph. The 2012 Play-off final. But nothing like this.

He added: “It’s just pure emotion. Just being part of nights like this is so special. All of the stuff that goes on behind the scenes, the hard work, the graft. It really is amazing.”

The sporting director’s role off the field has been clear over the past months. Since returning to the Hammers in January, Noble has been a presence around Rush Green Training Ground.

Noble and Declan Rice

          Nobes comments trusted by all Hammers

He has travelled with the first team and played his part as the Under-18s lifted the FA Youth Cup earlier this year – and secured the U18 Premier League South Division title.

One player has perhaps been guided more than any by Noble, in Declan Rice.  Noble was immensely proud as he watched his mate follow in the footsteps of Irons legends Billy Bonds and Bobby Moore and lift a major trophy.

He said: “It couldn’t happen to a nicer fella. I am so proud of him. I know his family so well. And I can’t praise him enough. With Dec, it is different. It goes a bit further.

“But it is not just about today. Today is the pinnacle; it’s from years and years of hard work. There has been a lot of failure, a lot of hard work, and a lot of tears. But that is why we love the Club because West Ham is West Ham, and you never know what is around the corner. Nights like this are really special!”

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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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