West Ham hero Mark Noble hopes club can emulate Manchester City after Olympic Stadium move

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The man dubbed Mr West Ham United, Mark Noble, hopes the club's move to the Olympic Stadium will push them on to the next level like Manchester City.

Speaking to West Ham's official website, Noble, who is currently the club's longest serving player at just 28, says leaving their famous Boleyn Ground after 112 years is something they have to do.

And while the homegrown Hammer admits it will be emotional to leave Upton Park behind - particularly for him given his West Ham roots - he is excited about where it can take the club having recently signed a new long-term deal.

"I think it will be one of the best in Europe for sure, it's amazing," Noble told whufc.com.

"It's local, it's facilities are unbelievable and I think when we come to the end of this season it's going to be really exciting.

"At first everyone was a bit sceptical about moving from Upton Park but I think it is the right thing to do.

"Hopefully (West Ham can go on to the next level like Manchester City).

"Obviously I've just signed a six-year contract so hopefully I'm part of that as well, that step forward the club can make. I'm really looking forward to the new stadium."

Why Manchester City are the perfect yard stick for West Ham

Manchester City are in many ways the perfect yard stick for a club like West Ham.

Very similar clubs with similar working class roots and loyal fanbases, they were founded a year apart and for years lived in the shadows of their fiercest rivals.

Like West Ham in 2012, City before them had fought their way back into the top-flight after relegation.

After their move to the 47,000-seater City of Manchester Stadium following the Commonwealth Games in the city, the club was eventually purchased by Abu Dhabi United Group and overnight became one of the wealthiest in the world.

West Ham will be embarking on a new era in an even bigger and more iconic 54,000-seater stadium. They have the added allure of being in London and with co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold having saved them from the brink of administration, things are looking up.

The club's debts of more than £100 million are down to more manageable levels and should they go to the Olympic Stadium in good health, they would make an attractive proposition for a buyout from super wealthy owners.

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