David Moyes hails captain Mark Noble as a ‘great example’ for young players

David Moyes has hailed the impact of captain Mark Noble on and off the field as West Ham chase Europa League glory.

Ammers manager Moyes believes the image that emerged of the experienced midfielder sweeping the dressing room after Thursday’s stunning victory in Lyon perfectly encapsulates the club’s values.

West Ham reached the semi-finals of European competition for the first time in 46 years with a 3-0 win over France at the Groupama Stadium.

The longtime noble, 34, came off the bench with the final 13 minutes as the Londoners completed a 4-1 aggregate win.

Noble, who made his first-team debut in 2004 aged 17, shed tears in the dressing room as the magnitude of the win sunk in, before he was later pictured cleaning up, clad only in a towel and flip-flops.

Noble may not be a regular starter anymore, but Moyes says he remains a big part of his squad.

The manager said, “There are young players who were the great luck to sit in most games in European competition on the bench, and Mark is the first to try to make sure they realize many of the old values, such as clean up after you, do everything right, don’t just leave it lying around.

“I think a lot of us will say he’s a great example. He takes the lead himself, he just does it himself. And if Mark Noble can do it, anyone can.

“Those are the kind of values ​​we want because it might not necessarily make you a better team, but it does make you better individuals.

“That means you’re working with humble people, it also means you’re working with people who understand many things in life, and ‘Nobes’ recognizes that. And that’s the message we’re trying to convey through the young players.

“It’s not just about being a player. There is much more to it than just that.”


Moyes happy to be back on home turf this weekend (Nigel French/PA)

West Ham are quickly back in the Premier League as they host Burnley on Sunday.

Moyes admits the schedule isn’t ideal but isn’t complaining.

The Scot said: “The truth is it’s a really short turnaround time for anyone who does it, but still we wouldn’t want it any other way.”

However, following this week’s trip, Moyes admits he is delighted Sunday’s game is taking place at the London Stadium.

He said: “It’s important for us to get out of this game and play at home rather than having to travel to an away game again.

“We need a good atmosphere. Sometimes the early Sunday games aren’t easy, so we could use the support of the fans to strengthen the team.”

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