Former West Ham captain Mark Noble will return to the club as its sporting director, the Premier League battlers announced on Thursday.
Noble, 35, ended an 18-year career with his boyhood club at the end of last season. He will begin his newly created position in January.
West Ham said in a statement that the former midfielder “will work closely in support of Hammers manager David Moyes and the current board”.
The London club are in the relegation zone after winning just one of their seven Premier League games.
“I’m so happy to be back and I can’t wait to get started,” Noble said.
“I’ve spent the last 24 years as a player here, first in the academy and then in the first team, and I obviously have a deep knowledge and understanding of the club.
He added: “I see it as a position where I can grow and develop both personally and professionally.
“There are always tough decisions to be made in football, but together with my colleagues at the club, I will continue to put the best interests of West Ham United first.”
Having worked with Noble as a player, Moyes endorsed his return to the Hammers by saying: “I am very pleased to welcome back Mark and have the opportunity to work closely with him again.
“He was a great asset and strength to me as a player and captain and I know he will provide me and the club with fantastic support again in this role.”