West Ham star Mark Noble 'excited' by Bilic appointment, praises outgoing Allardyce

Mark Noble

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble is excited by the chance to work with Slaven Bilic.

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has told the club's official website that he's excited with the appointment of Slaven Bilic, but remains full of praise for predecessor Sam Allardyce.

Allardyce left Upton Park just minutes after the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United on the final day of the Premier League season, bringing an end to a disappointing season in East London.

Now, just over two weeks on, West Ham have appointed Allardyce's replacement, announcing the arrival of Croatian Bilic on their official website.

The 46-year-old returns to Upton Park having played for West Ham as a defender during the 1990's, when he established himself as a cult hero at the club.

Having left Besiktas last month, Bilic arrives on a three-year contract, and will be looking to improve on the club's 12th place finish under Allardyce.

One of Bilic's key players is bound to be midfielder Noble, who has now told the club's official website that he is 'excited' by the arrival of Bilic - but has also praised former manager Allardyce but building a strong foundation at Upton Park for Bilic to build on.

"After four good seasons with Sam Allardyce, who has put the Club in a strong position to move forward, the appointment of Slaven Bilic is exciting for everyone," said Noble.

"I'm sure all West Ham fans are looking forward to having one last memorable season at Upton Park, so we need your support more than ever this year. Come on you Irons!" he added.

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