Mark Noble has been a bit-part player on the field for West Ham United this season but his influence in and around the club is not to be underestimated.
The club stalwart has played over 400 Premier League games for his boyhood team and has one year left before hanging up his boots.
Despite only making eight league starts this campaign, his influence at the club is so strong he the captain has revealed he was consulted about the re-appointment of David Moyes as manager 18 months ago.
“I got on so well with him the first time,” Noble told the That Peter Crouch podcast.
“We had a great relationship and then I got a phone call saying the gaffer might be coming back and did I think it would be a good idea. I said ‘yes’ because I thought he was really good the first time.
“Don’t get me wrong I was quite sad to see Manuel [Pellegrini] go as I got on well with him, we had some good times together but we just went on a bad run and I think that the Chairman decided to make the decision.
“The gaffer, Moyesy, rang me the day he got appointed and he asked me about the players, he knew a lot of them anyway and I think the players were pleased to work with him again, and the rest is history.”
Noble revealed that despite retaining his ferocious way of motivating the players at half-time when they are underperforming, Moyes has changed between his two spells at the club.
“In the two years he was away he has chilled a little bit,” the captain added.
Under the management of Moyes, West Ham have gone from a relegation battle to still retaining an outside chance of Champions League football next season, something Noble did not see coming.
“Playing for Champions League football with three games to go has surprised me, don’t get me wrong. But we went away on pre-season to St. Andrew’s because of all the stuff that was going on [coronavirus], with the lads we had, and we had Declan [Rice] coming up and I still think he can go again I think he is that good, I really do.
“We had a real good bunch of players that I thought do you know what ‘we can have a decent season this year we really can’. We added a couple of good ones with us but don’t get me wrong I am surprised with how good it has been because it has been a fantastic season, but an enjoyable one as well.”
Noble might have been asked his opinion on the return of Moyes to the club but despite giving the green light to the appointment the captain revealed he is not the manager’s favourite player after a new signing took the mantle.
” Jesse Lingard at the minute, mate. They live in the same apartment block as well. The gaffer loves it as well.
“Jessie will be with all of us and the gaffer will go like, ‘Jess, thanks for bringing me that bottle of wine the other night!’ Jess will just swallow his Adam’s apple, he won’t have a comeback.”
Noble also opened up about his own career at what he thinks is his own finest achievement in his 17 years as a professional.
“We’ve had about nine managers of different nationalities, different ways of playing…and I’ve always been picked.
“You don’t get picked in a Premier League team because you support the club and you’re a homegrown player. If you’re not good enough you get moved on. So for me, yeah, that’s my biggest achievement.”