By Laura O’Leary
Mark Noble has taken time to address Slaven Bilic’s exit ahead of David Moyes’ first game in charge of West Ham on Sunday.
In an interview with the club’s official site, the 30-year-old before the end of the interview insisted on addressing Bilic’s departure and had nothing but kind words for his former boss.
“We had two really good seasons, finishing seventh and eleventh,” said Noble before admitting, “but we haven’t started the best this season and the pressure was on.”
Noble continued, “I think he probably learned more as a manager in his second season, when we came eleventh in the Premier League, but he overcame the challenges of losing Dimitri Payet and moving to the new stadium.”
However, the Hammers captain acknowledged that he understood the decision for Bilic to leave when he said “if you don’t win, you pay the consequences.”
Bilic was given his marching orders on November 6 after Liverpool inflicted a 4-1 defeat on the Hammers which left them 18th in the league.
After 11 games played, West Ham have only amassed nine points and have got the joint second worst goal difference in the league with -12.
Noble himself has also come under criticism from Hammers fans just like former boss Bilic did, for his part in West Ham’s low league position.
The 30-year-old has played 10 times across all competitions this season, but is yet to grab a goal or an assist.
Last season, the West Ham skipper was vital to the team, featuring 35 times across all contests, scoring five goals and two assists.
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