West Ham captain Mark Noble has revealed his long-term ambition is to help the club make decisions at board level, claiming he has all the knowledge and experience to help push the club forward.
The 32-year-old has been affiliated with the Hammers since he was 11 years old, and made his first-team debut for the club back in 2003.
Born around the corner from the club's former Boleyn Ground home, Noble is well versed with the local area and what it means to be a West Ham player and is closing in on 500 appearances in claret and blue.
He knows that time is against him in a playing capacity, though, and has revealed in an interview with MailOnline Sport that his aim is to move upstairs in the future.
"I would like one day to be involved in decisions that the club makes. I feel I have enough experience to do that. I have been around so long. I know how the club works," Noble said.
"So I would like to be where you have decisions on all kinds of bits and pieces, and not just coaching the under-18s, if you know what I mean? Whatever happens, I am always going to be attached to this club. I hope so, anyway. It’s been blood, sweat and tears for West Ham for so long."
Noble revealed that he is the type of person to think about football non-stop, admitting that even after the 2-0 win over Manchester United this season, he was still fretting and analysing when he got home.
He added: "
"Listen, I think about this stuff every day. Sometimes I do sit there and think: 'Wouldn’t it be lovely to win every week?'
Noble will know things have to improve soon for the club, with the Hammers languishing in 13th place after failing to win since the end of September. A tricky away trip to Burnley awaits this weekend and Noble, along with manager Manuel Pellegrini, will no doubt hope the tide will turn with a much needed three points.
Source : 90min