Noble at odds with Sullivan over Irons season


NobesWest Ham’s Player of the Year Mark Noble has told co-chairman David Sullivan he doesn’t share his view that the Irons suffered a “disappointing season.”

ClaretandHugh reported earlier today that Sullivan had said he’d “cried” during this campaign and that he had been disappointed with the team.

Claiming that they had to get better Sullivan added he would make the money available to do so

But Noble, who also collected the Player’s Player of the Year award, said during his acceptance interview with Ben Shephard: “I know Mr Sullivan came up here and spoke quite negatively about us all but I am sure he is going to put his hand in his pocket over the summer.’

And he made it clear that as far as he was concerned this had not been a disappointing season.

He explained: “We are in 12th place after being in the bottom three in December and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried.

“We had a meeting at the training ground and with the spirit we have we pulled ourselves out of it. let’s remember too we were without AC for 90 per cent of the season.

“It’s important we have a good next season and I believe we will have new players in.”

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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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  • JMan43 says:

    Like Mark Noble but he is so wrong on this score that his comments have left me somewhat disappointed that he believes this has been anything but a poor season and one where we have in all honesty survived by the grace of Feb. I understand he might be feeling that he needs to support Allardyce but my main concern is if he thinks this was not a disappointing season then he isn’t half setting the bar low expectation wise. Before being able to move on and improve on performances you need to first acknowledge that there has been under performance and from that analyse where before you can put any performance improvement plan in place. Failure to acknowledge that there has been a problem in the first place does not bode well for what is to come.

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