Mr West Ham Mark Noble is looking forward to enjoyable new era under Slaven Bilic

Mark Noble

The man known as Mr West Ham United Mark Noble says he is looking forward to what he hopes will be an 'enjoyable' new era under Slaven Bilic.

The Hammers replaced Sam Allardyce with former defender Bilic in the summer and will play in Europe for the first time in nearly a decade this season, the last at their Boleyn Ground home of 112 years.

Noble was a teenager on the fringes of Alan Pardew's first team squad when the east Londoners were uncremoniously dumped out of the UEFA Cup at the first hurdle 4-0 by Palermo nine years ago.

Now, aged 28 and with 282 games to his name, Noble has told West Ham's official website he is hoping to strike up a good rapport with his new manager, who has already signed two midfielders since taking over earlier this month.

And he thinks Bilic will fit straight in given his experience of working in Turkey with 'crazy' fans not to dissimilar to West Ham's very own - who have already sold out their Europa League first qualifying round match against Andorran minnows FC Lusitans.

“I’m hoping it will be very enjoyable,” Noble told whufc.com.

“I’ve not met the new gaffer yet, as he’s over in Ireland (with squad players likely to face FC Lusitans on Thursday night), but it’s a new start with a new set of staff.

“It’s going to take a little while for us to get used to each other and the manager to get used to his players, which is to be expected.

"He has come from a different country where the fans are not dissimilar to ours – crazy – and I think it’ll be a good match.

“I’m looking forward to working with the new manager and seeing where that takes us this season.”

Mark Noble: the rise of a homegrown Hammer

Noble's opinion on anything to do with his boyhood club is always scrutinised given his affiliation with the fans.

According to a recent HITC.com poll, Noble is even the man the Upton Park faithful want to see replace Kevin Nolan as the club's captain.

A dyed-in-the-wool Hammer from birth he has consistently been a first-team regular since breaking into the senior side as a teen. He is Mr West Ham, the closest you will get to a fan on the pitch.

However, it will be interesting to see how things pan out given that Noble is coming off the back of one of his worst seasons personally in the claret and blue.

Bilic's first move on returning to east London was to sign Spanish U21 international midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria.

And the club has since added the gifted Dimitri Payet to its ranks from Marseille in an eight figure deal.

Therefor the Canning Town-born star will face increased competition for his place and may not even be a certain starter.

So he will be looking to impress Bilic from the off to ensure he plays his part in what promises to be an exciting time in West Ham's history with the move to the 54,000 seater Olympic Stadium just a year away.

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