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!”