West Ham star Mark Noble discusses his first impressions of new manager Slaven Bilic

Mark Noble

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has been impressed with Slaven Bilic's start to life at Upton Park.

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has told the club's official website that he has been impressed with new manager Slaven Bilic so far.

Noble, 28, is one of the mainstays of the West Ham team, having come up through the ranks at Upton Park, with over 300 appearances for the Hammers to his name.

During his time in the West Ham setup, Noble has played under a number of managers - and now he has another one to work with in Bilic.

The Croatian returned to Upton Park as Sam Allardyce's replacement this summer, having previously played for the club in the 90's.

It's early into Bilic's reign, but with a number of ambitious signings, West Ham fans are optimistic about their chances nxt season; something Noble concurs with.

Speaking to the club's official website, Noble says that he is getting to know Bilic, and has been impressed with the new manager so far.

"We met for the first time in Ireland and had a really good camp there," said Noble. "We’re still getting to know one another, the Gaffer on me as a player and vice versa, and hopefully it can be a good relationship going forward. He came in on the first day and said we’re going to train hard but with a smile on our face and that’s what happened in Ireland."

"It’s pre-season, so sessions are going to be tough, the transfer window is open so change will happen, but from what I’ve seen so far as quite an experienced player who’s had a few managers here, the future’s looking bright," he added.

What should West Ham's target be next season?

With ambitious signings such as Carl Jenkinson, Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang and Dimitri Payet brought in this summer, West Ham are hoping to mark their final season at Upton Park with a great campaign.

There are a number of big teams who will be looking for a top six place next season, but the Hammers have the talent in their squad to compete for one of those places in the top six.

At the very least, West Ham have to finish in the top half of the table, having endured a disappointing end to last season - and if Bilic can achieve that, it will prove West Ham right for replacing Allardyce.

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