Sights set on Europe

Sam Allardyce has spoken of his desire to lead West Ham into Europe, and believes that achieving that goal would help attract higher quality players going forward.

As it stands, making the top seven this season looks out of reach now, however we do currently sit top of the Fair Play League, and with England in the top three across Europe- as it stands we would qualify for the Europa League next season.

There is of course the worry that European football could burden our domestic campaign next season, and that’s something Allardyce is very aware of.

“If you are going to compete in Europe it is about your growth on and off the field and with the new stadium just around the corner, that helps with the financial growth and hopefully that helps with the spending on the team. That can make the strength in depth much better and able to compete in that European block,” said Allardyce.

”The difficulty is how early it starts if you get in by the fair play, it is July and with us not finishing the season until May 24, it would bring an awful lot of pressure on when we bring the players back.

“It is something that you would deal with. The journey may not be great financially, but it is not the financial journey we look for as footballers and managers – it is the experience.

“It would be tough in the beginning and there are some consequences that occur that we would have to deal with along the way.

“We are fully aware of those consequences that maybe, when you hit the middle part of the season at Christmas, there may be some difficulties in fatigues and injuries. That would be one of the burdens you would have to deal with.”

We face Leicester City away today, in a match no doubt that Leicester will be desperate to win. They are fighting for their Premier League lives, and it’s something West Ham are going to have to cope with well.



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