Mark Noble called on to start doing his job properly as Bilic allies hit out

West Ham United's Mark Noble looks dejected

West Ham United are enduring a torrid season with fingers being pointed in all directions including two high-profile ones at captain Mark Noble.

Slaven Bilic's side have lost eight of their opening 13 Premier League matches and look set for an unexpected relegation battle.

Fans have been at each other's throats over issues at their new 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium home and a toxic atmosphere is starting to fester at West Ham as fans grow increasingly fed up.

The Hammers were also dumped out of the Europa League by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu for the second season running back in August.

Earlier in the season a team bonding night out sanctioned by Bilic and organised by Noble hit the headlines and sparked an internal investigation, as reported by the likes of Mirror.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic before the matchWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

And the manager publicly questioned his squad's intensity in both training and games following the 5-1 defeat to Arsenal last time out.

Things don't look like getting any easier with the daunting trip to face Liverpool at Anfield looming large this Sunday.

But Hammers skipper Mark Noble finds himself in the firing line after effectively being called out by former West Ham manager Harry Redknapp and one of his old players Igor Stimac.

Speaking in the Evening Standard Redknapp, who signed Bilic for West Ham as a player, said it was time for Noble to start sorting out West Ham's dressing room unrest.

"Noble has got to get even closer to Slaven," Redknapp said.

"If there are things like that happening, then he needs to inform his manager.

"He’s not being a snitch – he’s got to tell Slaven because he needs to rely on his senior players."

No sooner had Redknapp called on Noble to step up than ex Hammers defender Stimac - a former Croatia teammate of Bilic - was calling on the midfielder to earn his stripes as skipper in an interview with the club's official website.

West Ham United's Mark Noble looks dejectedWest Ham United's Mark Noble

"We all know that Slaven is the right guy for West Ham and I point my finger at the players here to wake up and bring back to their game the same passion they showed last season," Stimac told

“They all stood up for Slaven last season, praising his work, and if they don’t want to lose him then I expect team captain Mark Noble to shake up the dressing room and the team to start producing good football again.”

Just like Bilic's admission that West Ham are lacking intensity was designed as a message to his under performing players, these very public calls for Noble to stand up and be counted in the dressing room are a message to the homegrown star from two people close to Bilic.

And there won't be many Hammers fans who disagree either, although there is still some debate as to whether Noble should even make the starting line-up.

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