On the latest episode of the U Irons podcast (March 27), Sean Whetsone has controversially touted West Ham United captain Mark Noble for a role as player/manager at the London Stadium next season.
Well, he along with The Athletic’s Roshane Thomas and Sam Delaney, ExWHUemployee and Phil from ‘Stop Hammertime’ were discussing the Irons skipper, who has come under criticism from some supporters on Twitter for his performances this term.
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Asked whether it was the beginning of the end of his career, Whetsone replied (08:00): “No, he’s proved us wrong time and time again. I think he’s got a career at this club when his playing days are finished. In fact, let’s be controversial, how about him as player/manager next season?
“He loves this club through and through. He’s the one, when Pellegrini was quiet in the dressing room, that was talking up. He bleeds West Ham.”
Firstly, it depends on whether the 32-year-old has been doing his coaching badges behind the scenes, and if he has how the current situation may affect that.
He told the official club website in 2018 that he hadn’t done his badges yet as he likes to spend time with his family over the summer, but it remains unclear whether that mindset has changed since.
Should the Premier League season resume and the Hammers retain their status, it would be difficult to see David Gold and David Sullivan placing their faith in Noble at the helm.
Having appointed David Moyes on an 18-month contract in December, you’d think he’d get the majority of that time if the club is in the top flight.
The interesting thing could come if West Ham do go down though, where you would think the idea of Moyes going and the captain potentially being a player/manager as a far more likely scenario.
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