West Ham fans react on Twitter as Mark Noble is named captain

West Ham named Mark Noble as club captain following Kevin Nolan’s exit.

As confirmed by the official West Ham website, Mark Noble has been named new club captain of the Hammers.

The academy graduate is a local hero at the Boleyn Ground, and he is now up to 327 appearances for his boyhood club. Despite a number of impressive signings this summer, the former England youth international has kept his place in the team, starting all four Premier League fixtures.

He captained the side in the absence for former skipper Kevin Nolan, and now that Nolan has left the club after agreeing to mutual termination of his contract, he has taken the armband on a full-time basis.

He is currently the longest serving player in the West Ham squad, and is the Hammers all-time leading Premier League appearance maker, having spent his entire career with the East London side, aside from two short loan spells in the Championship.

Speaking following the confirmation of the news, Noble said: “When you are at a massive Barclays Premier League club like West Ham United playing in the best league in the world, to be captain and be brought up in the same area is something very special for me, for my family and the fans because they can relate to it.”

This local boy reputation arguably played a key role in Noble being named skipper, especially with the likes of Winston Reid staking a strong claim to take the armband. Noble is a solid Premier League level player, and has a rightful claim to the armband, but it is hard to suggest he is a guaranteed starter for the entire season.

When the news broke, West Ham fans took to Twitter to express their thoughts on Noble being named captain, and whilst many were happy for him, there was a sense that other options could have been better.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch