Date: 12th December 2019 at 2:18pm
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West Ham United captain Mark Noble has told the club’s power brokers that potential manager target Enzo Maresca is ‘different class, according to Claret & Hugh.

The reliable Hammers news source claims that the 32-year-old is part of a clutch of players who have let the Irons’ decision makers know that training under Manuel Pellegrini’s second assistant is ‘different class’.

The 39-year-old is thought to be a contender for the West Ham post if Pellegrini were to lose his job, having masterminded the recent victory over Chelsea in a series of training sessions in the days prior to the game.

For now he is merely be thought of as a potential interim caretaker boss, but there is the potential for him to have a long-term stay, as well.

OPINION

Maresca has clearly enjoyed a meteoric rise of late. From being just one of Pellegrini’s assistants to now being held up as the potential replacement for the South American, it’s all taken place rather quickly. It’s clear that the Italian had a big impact on the West Ham squad prior to the Chelsea game. You could see his influence during the contest, as the Hammers put in their best performance for some time in that match. It appears that Noble has certainly been impressed by the former midfielder, and if he can get in the owner’s ears then Maresca may well get the job, if only on an interim basis. Would that be such a bad thing? Not on the evidence of the Chelsea game. However, you cannot give Maresca sole credit for that win, that’s far too simplistic. Ultimately the club perhaps would only turn to Pellegrini’s second assistant if they cannot get any of their premier choices for the manager’s job. Either way, though, it seems that the Chilean’s days are numbered.