'There is a bit of uncertainty' - West Ham mainstay makes honest admission about senior man
By Aramide Oladipo
West Ham United skipper Mark Noble has admitted that the future of the club’s manager Slaven Bilic is uncertain and claimed that the situation is “not ideal”.
The Hammers have endured a poor start to the Premier League campaign in Bilic’s third season in charge of the club, losing all three of their opening matches and they currently sit at the foot of the league table.
The Croatian appears to be under pressure as the Express recently reported that the West Ham hierarchy have identified Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri to replace Bilic should the club’s poor form continue.
West Ham welcome newly-promoted Huddersfield Town to the London Stadium on Monday evening in their first home match of the season.
Noble has spent 12 years playing for his boyhood club where he has experienced the highs and lows in the Championship and the Premier League.
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Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard ahead of the match, Noble reveals that Bilic was devastated following their defeat to Newcastle United before the international break and he wants his fellow teammates to produce a performance for him on Monday.
“It was as low as I’ve seen the manager after the Newcastle match,” he said.
“We were all pretty low and it was a feeling that we had not only let ourselves down but him also.
“The manager here is in the last year of his contract and there is a bit of uncertainty.
“For him it’s not ideal but it is the decision of the chairmen.
“As far as we’re concerned all we can do as players is try and do better for the manager.
“He can’t be out there with us. He gives us his ideas and it’s up to us to put them into practice.”
Noble has featured in every single Premier League match so far but he has only managed to complete the full 90 minutes on one occasion.
The midfielder’s has only contributed with one assist this season which came in the 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town in the Carabao Cup last month.
In other West Ham news, Joey Barton has issued a grave warning to the Irons.