Mark Noble will be leading a West Ham dressing room inquest as the international break provides the perfect opportunity for the players to lick their wounds, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the radio pundit and ex-Leeds United striker back skipper Noble to remind his teammates of their responsibilities following a dreadful run.
Whelan explained how it is too easy for modern players to blame the manager when things go wrong and wait for them to be sacked.
But he is convinced that Noble, 32, has the leadership skills to help get things back on track at the London Stadium.
“West Ham need the players to turn things around,” Whelan told Football Insider. “I watched them against Burnley and they were woeful. They could have lost 5-0 and that will be a big worry for Manuel Pellegrini.
“There are some fantastic players in that team, and it’s unfair to heap all the blame on the manager.
“Mark Noble is the captain and the senior player, and basically the manager on the pitch. I’m expecting him to get the dressing room together and remind the players of their responsibilities.
“They will all respect him and what he’s achieved. The international break is perfect timing to take stock and have meetings to put things right.
“Yes, some players will be away on international duty, but plenty won’t be. I’m sure there will be things going on in the dressing room to assess what’s happened and how to improve it.”
Noble has made 478 appearances for West Ham since graduating from their youth ranks.
He remains a first choice in midfield and has started 10 of the club’s 12 league matches this season, although he suffered an ankle injury on Saturday and was subbed after 20 minutes.
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