West Ham skipper Mark Noble: Playing at the London Stadium will be tougher than Upton Park

But the midfielder insists he is keeping his hopes in check, although he admits his phone is on if his old manager wants to give him a call.

Noble said: “I’m going to enjoy playing here and obviously I played under Sam for four years and thoroughly enjoyed my football under him.

“I thought he was a great manager and I loved him as a person and I think he is the right man for the job.

“I think he will do well, 100 per cent, his man-management qualities and what he expects from his teams, what he gets out of the players – I think he is the right man.

“We had a couple of texts at the end of last season when he kept Sunderland up and I had my testimonial.

“Sam sent me a nice message and I sent one at the end of last season just saying: ‘Congrats on keeping them up and that you are going to have a good summer’ – I didn’t expect it to be quite this good but I suppose he has!”

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