By Harry Sykes
Mark Noble has revealed he purposely argues with his West Ham teammates in training if levels of performance drop.
The Hammers captain and midfield kingpin reveals he regards it as part of his job description to create conflict to inspire the team to greater heights.
Noble is convinced that it would lose impact if manager Slaven Bilic had the sole responsibility of motivating and inspiring the players.
“I’ve always seen myself as the buffer between the boss and the players,” Noble said to the Daily Mail.
“The gaffer doesn’t have to look after every single small problem that goes on. I’ll try to nip it in the bud before it gets to him.
“Sometimes, if training is not quite right, I will purposely make a point of saying something or having an argument with someone who I know will have one back with me. It lets the lads know it’s not good enough and it’s better coming from me than it would be from the boss.
“The last thing he wants to do is interrupt every two minutes. For a player that becomes, ‘Oh he’s off again…’.”
East London-born Noble, 29, has spent his entire career at West Ham after graduating from the club’s academy.
He has been a mainstay of the team since Bilic took over as manager in the summer of 2015 and has started 24 of the Hammers’ 26 Premier League matches this season, scoring three goals.
In total, the central midfielder has made 400 appearances in all competitions for West Ham, scoring 47 times and supplying 52 assists.