West Ham legend Mark Noble tells David Moyes NOT to pick him for sentimental reasons on his last home game against Man City – and refuses to take a penalty if his side are given one
- Mark Noble has admitted he will happily spend his last home game on the bench
- West Ham icon Noble said that the side qualifying for Europe is more important
- The one-club man, 35, urged manager David Moyes not to let emotion sway him
Mark Noble will happily spend his last ever West Ham home game on the bench – if it helps his team take another step nearer qualification for European football next season.
The midfielder, 35, has been at the club for his whole career and has told manager David Moyes not to let sentiment sway him when he selects his starting line-up to face Manchester City on Sunday.
The fiercely loyal player will also refuse to take a penalty for his boyhood club and sign off in style, if the Hammers get one.
Mark Noble (pictured) has admitted he will happily spend his last West Ham home game on the bench
The midfielder urged boss David Moyes (left) not to pick him for emotional reasons against Man City
He explained: ‘No, not after the one I missed Manchester United. I just hope everything goes well.
‘I have got a load of people coming but if I am really honest, and people will think I am lying, but I just hope we play well and get a result and we move on to Brighton next Sunday and get into the Europa League spot.’
The extended Noble family will be out in force to spark an old fashioned Cockney send off for their favourite son. His image is plastered over today’s match-day programme and the club is planning a number of events to honour his landmark match.
The captain also said he would not take a penalty after his last, against Man United, was saved
But whatever they do, he will not make the mistake of a punch drunk boxer and look to change his mind about calling it a day.
He added: ‘I’ve not had enough but I feel like very rarely do people get their exit right in work, in business, you always feel, ‘Maybe I will go again’.
‘From the feelings I’ve had this year and what the players have done for us in the games we have had, it’s perfect. Because I know what I will do if I don’t and I keep on trying to play, I’ll regret it and I’ve never regretted anything up until now.’