You have to hand it to Mark Noble – the timeless Hammers skipper who continually defies the odds!
Good judges – and few come better than The Ginger Pele – gave the Hammers loyalist any serious chance of becoming a permanent part of Manuel Pellegrini’s plans.
Indeed the manager himself, soon after his arrival, admitted he would stay skipper but added with seemingly heavy significance: “He will be skipper when he plays but I can’t tell you how many games that will be!.”
That was followed by Collins – whose judgement would seem pretty nailed on – casting doubts over his future under the Hammers boss.
Reluctantly as he shared his fondness for Noble, Ginge was forced to admit that he didn’t believe that the veteran midfielder would struggle under the boss.