Mark Noble may have to 'tell friend to move on' amid 'big' West Ham verdict - pundit
Alan Hutton has suggested Mark Noble will have to get used to making “big decisions” at West Ham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa defender said it will be “tough” to “move on” players that he is very close with.
As shown on the Hammers’ official Twitter account (3 October), Noble made an appearance at the club’s training this week.
On 22 September, the London club confirmed that the 35-year-old will be returning to the Claret and Blues as sporting director in January.
The former captain will work closely with David Moyes across all aspects of the club, including player recruitment and player and staff wellbeing.
Hutton suggested it could be difficult for Noble to be objective in his new role given his friendships with the current team.
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“I think it does help when you have got that familiar face round about you,” he told Football Insider.
“You have got that relationship there, you can go and talk if there is a problem. It maybe makes it that little bit easier.
“That being said, Mark Noble is going to have to make big decisions when it comes to recruitment and who they let go, whether it is a friend or not. That comes with the territory. He seems like the kind of guy that would be open and honest and tell people whether it be good, bad or indifferent. So that is something that he is going to have to get used to.
“I would find it difficult to have to tell friend that they are moving them on. It is going to be tough, he signed up for the job so he will make a good fist of it. So it will be interesting to see the recruitment moving forward.“