Noble has spent his entire career thus far with the Hammers.

Former West Ham United man Jonathan Spector has told the club’s official website that he would not be surprised to see captain Mark Noble manage the club one day.

Noble has spent his entire career to date with the club he joined as a 13-year-old, save for two early loan spells, and has made 377 appearances for the Hammers.

The captain is often referred to as “Mr. West Ham” by those both inside and outside the club, and is seen by many fans as the embodiment of what the club stands for.

Noble appears unlikely to ever leave the club unless he is eventually pushed out the door, and Spector, who played alongside the 29-year-old for five seasons in claret-and-blue, believes he could well return to the club in the dug-out after his retirement.

Spector told the club’s website: “There was never any doubt from a young age that Mark Noble was producing some great performances, and he has been a great servant to the club.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he goes on to become the manager one day! He is West Ham through and through and the fans and his team-mates love him because of what he represents and what he is willing to do for his team.”

Noble has made more Premier League appearances for West Ham than any other player, holding 324 top-flight games for the club under his belt.

The Irons may have more exciting players to watch, they may have stars more technically gifted, but Noble is the heartbeat of their side, and is likely to remain so for years to come.

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