“I think Mark Noble let David Moyes down. Two weeks ago, he only added fuel to the fire by asking questions such as who in the management decided to sell young Grady Diangana at West Bromwich Albion. Does he know something about how the club functions to ask such questions? Even if something does not suit him, it is better to keep some things to himself. Because he doesn’t help anyone. ”
This is what Graham Souness said shortly after West Ham United’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle in the first round of the English Premier League. This is how he reacted to Noble’s tweet, which, in his opinion, had a terrible impact on the team’s morale.
“Moyes does not admit that his words somehow affected the team, but I, as a man of football, guarantee that that it is not, – continued the ex-Newcastle, Blackburn and Liverpool player, and now – an analyst at Sky Sports. “Their captain shot himself in the leg. Who is he to say that? He should have kept his mouth shut. ”
No matter what happens to the entire Hammer campaign this season, September 4th will remain an important date. At least for the story. It is rare that modern football players say what the fans think. And Noble’s words that he is “depressed, angry and upset” over Diangana’s 18 millionth move to West Brom is an excellent illustration of the state of the fanbase.
Maybe there will be those who will agree with Souness, but it is unlikely that there will be many such people. Fans and even players agree with the footballer – his tweet has already been liked by Declan Rice and Sebastian Aller. Arthur Masuaku responded with two emojis: a sad face and a broken heart. Jack Wilshire was also not silent: on Instagram, to the post of his former teammate, he replied with the words “enjoy the game in a club that respects you.” Our source confirms that West Ham’s players are “absolutely depressed.”
Souness can say anything, but we see that at least in this matter, the locker room is one. But what a shame: according to people close to the club, the players were in good spirits until they learned about the deal with a potential opponent in the relegation zone.
And this deplorable situation allows us to ask interesting questions. What should anyone else in Noble’s place have done? Should the captain be silent or, on the contrary, loudly declare his position – and the position of his team-mates? We understand what the management thinks, but almost everyone else must have felt even more respect for the veteran, who has played 503 matches with the Hammers. No one will doubt the loyalty of this man with a capital letter – it is not for nothing that Calum Davenport once strongly recommended to “erect a statue” in honor of the football player whom Gianfranco Zola compared to Andrea Pirlo.
“It doesn’t matter who you are: footballer, secretary or janitor – Mark will always find time for you, ”Joey O’Brian recalled.
Mark Noble is West Ham. You may not like him as a player, but as a person he is practically devoid of flaws. He cares.
Bobby Zamora took part in a fan podcast in August. Then he admitted that he would like to see Noble in some more significant role in the club, because he, unlike many, sincerely wants the Hammers to win.
Noble is now 33 and his contract will expire at the end of this season. His anger can be understood: realizing that his time is coming to an end, he wants to climb with his favorite team as high as possible in the standings. In his opinion, Diangana was to become a key player in the new season – and this was confirmed by Moyes himself in numerous interviews. In January 2019, the Englishman signed a new six-year contract.
Do not underestimate the contribution of the young midfielder: in the first game of the preseason without him, West Ham lost 5: 3 to Bournemouth, and the players were clearly missing something. Promising defender Ben Johnson played extremely poorly and was substituted in 25 minutes, and his teammates looked like they could not wait for the final whistle.
In an ideal world, Diangana would play on the left flank against Newcastle ”, But instead Moyes used three performers – Pablo Fornals, Jerrod Bowen and Filipe Anderson. And before the match, a group of fans gathered at the entrance to the Olympic Stadium with a banner “GSB Get Out” and “Club Killers. Rest in peace West Ham United.
The new season has just begun, and Souness must still understand that it is not Noble’s fault in the protests. And Noble is not to blame for the position of the once glorious team. Also in March, a group of protesters walked from the Victoria Tavern pub through the Playstow station towards the stadium. Back in March, they loudly asked Vice Chairman Curren Brady and co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan where “where the f **** is our money?” a pandemic due to which they had to invest their own money. But this “gesture of goodwill” did not make any impression on the fans. In their opinion, the current leadership is systematically destroying their favorite team.
In the end, they have something to compare with, because most rivals did not sit with folded hands in this transfer window. Sheffield is well bolstered by the talented Aaron Ramsdale, Jaden Bogle and Max Lowe. Crystal Palace acquired Eberechi Eze, in which, by the way, West Ham was interested. Fulham has been replenished with Anthony Robinson, another missed goal of the Hammers. Aston Villa spent £ 16m on Matty Cash; perhaps, in all ten years of the current tower’s rule, they have not spent so much money on the ward defenders. And yes, he, too, at one time could be at the Olympic. Even Newcastle fan-hated Mike Ashley contributed to the signing of Callum Wilson, Jeff Hendrick, Jamal Lewis and Ryan Fraser!
How did Brady react to her team’s Saturday fiasco? A tweet about Kim Kardashian. Maybe Suness should have directed her righteous anger towards her. Who could have kept quiet.
In the next six games West Ham will have to face Arsenal, Wolverhampton, Leicester City, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool … If by November the team scores zero points, no one will be surprised.
And this is a real tragedy – especially considering how much work Moyes has done in trying to integrate the young into the base. He specifically went to youth games with his coaches. It was he who allowed Rice to really open up. At the end of last season, there were a lot of positives, largely thanks to the bright attacking football that the Hammers demonstrated. Now almost nothing is left of that optimism. And who in their minds would believe that this is Noble’s fault?
At a press conference in January, Moyes described his vision for the club’s future: “I want to put an end to the idea that we only buy players to plug holes. My goal is for the club to sign young, interesting, hungry players who will want to make West Ham better themselves.
To be fair, it should be noted that sometimes this management does the right thing. Recruits Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek confirm this. But what will happen next is hard to say. Should Chelsea get their way and lure Rice away, the owners would be better off hiding in bunkers for their own safety. But so far they have promised to refuse all offers. Thank you, of course, but the fans were promised much more.
For example, moving to the Olympic Stadium was supposed to help the club rise in status and fight for a place in European competition. It was 2016! Well, just a year ago, Gold said that he “sees no reason why the team will not be able to fight in the Champions League in the next five years.”
Moyes’ problem is unenviable, of course. Especially if we consider that the last time the Hammers approached the first four in the 1998/99 season.
Noble just once again reminded that the management does not always think about the well-being of the club. And now there is little time left to calm the raging fans. Suness, and others, it would be good to understand that Noble’s tweet was a consequence, not a cause of what is happening now.