With just 7 games remaining in the season, West Ham are only a point away from grabbing the final Champions League spot for the season. After their 12th placed finish last season, it is a massive improvement by The Hammers.
West Ham have gone through plenty of ups and downs in recent years where the club lacked proper management and incisive thinking by the board members. However, since David Gold and David Sullivan taking over at the club in 2010, a lot has changed at Upton Park.
Sharing further insight on the matter, West Ham skipper Mark Noble spoke with club’s official website and explained what has changed at the club in last 4-5 years.
Noble is currently West Ham’s longest serving player after making his debut for the club back in 2004. He has seen plenty of managers come in and go, but is mightily impressed with what Slaven Bilic has done in a short span of time.
Noble also played with Bilic thus knows his passion for the club. Noble think that Gold and Sullivan deciding to back Bilic’s idea of playing in a certain style and bring in certain players has been the key to West Ham’s rise this season.
Noble cited the obvious stability which has come at the club and more importantly it is no longer being run like a circus.
Sharing his thoughts, Noble said: “The key word is stability, in a way, the club was run like a circus in some stages over the last ten or 20 years.
“They have brought in good players and put in money and that was what was needed. That is why the club is moving the way it is.
“We have had a tough ten years. We had the different people in charge, five or six different managers.
“Now it seems like the chairman and Karren Brady have done a great job of settling the club down – running it properly and that gives you a platform from which to move on, to progress.
“They have brought in a great manager and, together, they have brought in great players. That is the way it should be done.”
Noble and West Ham take on Crystal Palace next Saturday as they hope to push Manchester City and Manchester United right till the end to fight for a top 4 place this season.