West Ham have announced former captain Mark Noble will return to the club as sporting director.
Noble, 35, retired at the end of last season after 18 campaigns with his boyhood side.
In a newly created position, Noble will work closely with the support of Hammers coach David Moyes and the current board.
“I’m really happy to be back and can’t wait to get started,” Noble said. “I want to thank the club for giving me the opportunity – it is a great honor for me to take on this role.
“I spent 24 years as a player here, first in the academy and then in the first team, and obviously have a deep knowledge and understanding of the club.
“The past two years, when my playtime has begun to flow naturally, has given me a great opportunity to really spend time educating myself, while gaining more knowledge and understanding. about the work that goes on behind the scenes.
“This club has made some incredible strides in that period and I’m really looking forward to returning at such an exciting time.”
Noble added on West Ham’s website: “I see it as a position where I can grow and develop both personally and professionally.
“There are always tough decisions in football but together with my colleagues at the club, I will continue to put the best interests of West Ham United first.
“The past two seasons have been a period of progress and I want to help keep us moving in the right direction.
“I believe in the ambition shown by the board and I’m excited about helping build on the success that has been achieved so far.”
“I’m really excited to welcome Mark back and have the opportunity to work closely with him again. He is a huge asset and strength to me as a player and captain. , and I know he will give the club and myself great support again in this role,” said Moyes.
“It’s an opportunity for him to grow and mature in the position and he will have our full support in doing so.
“No one is better equipped to understand West Ham United and their ethos, and to come up with new ideas to get the club going in the right direction.”