West Ham’s players will not receive any bonuses if they qualify for Europe this season.
David Moyes‘ side are riding high in fifth position, which would secure a Europa League place at the end
of the season.
But as the club had not finished higher than 10th in the last four years, a payment for obtaining European f
football was not secured.
Club captain Mark Noble was put in charge of securing the bonus money for the players.
But due to their lackluster finishes over recent seasons, an additional amount for European qualification was
not even discussed, it’s claimed.
West Ham have not reached the main draw of a European competition since the 2006-07 season when they
were knocked out in the first round of the Uefa Cup by Palermo.
The Hammers did secure a Europa League place in 2015 and 2016 but were knocked out in the qualifying round
on both occasions.
Despite their impressive form in the league so far this season, manager Moyes said at the end of January
that he believes finishing in the top four is realistically a step beyond them but that he continues to dream.
The Scot said: “Yes, it’s too ambitious, yes [to make the top four]. But I am ambitious. And because of that,
I’m not going to stop dreaming about it or trying to do it.
“If this interview was taking place a year ago, you’d be saying ‘David, how are you going to avoid relegation?’.
“I know it’s a strange season but for us to play so well after lockdown, stay in the Premier League, and now
‘Can you be in the top four?’. Last year, you’d have said there’s no way.
“So I think you have to say we are going to try.