May 26, 2015 14:59:07 UK
West Ham United are hoping to enjoy their European opportunity, having been confirmed as having claimed a place in the Europa League for next season.
The Hammers, who finished down in 12th place in the Premier League this season, have earned a place in Europe via the Fair Play League and the West Ham hierarchy are determined to make the most of the opening.
Everyone at the club…will be relishing the opportunity to feature on the European stage.
David Sullivan and David Gold
Joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold told the clubs official website: “We are delighted to have won a place in the UEFA Europa League as we want to ensure the Boleyn Ground the best send-off possible – progress in this competition will certainly help with that.
“Starting in early July will bring its challenges, but everyone at the club, from the board to the players and supporters will be relishing the opportunity to feature on the European stage. It should be a fantastic experience.”
The Hammers are due to move to their new home at the Olympic Stadium at the end of next season and now face a shortened summer break before their final campaign at Upton Park.
The first qualifying round for the Europa League gets underway in early July, with West ham having to negotiate three qualifying rounds and a play-off round if they are to reach the group stage.
Meanwhile, the Hammers remain on the lookout for a new manager following the departure of Sam Allardyce at the end of the current campaign.
Former West Ham defender Slaven Bilic, who recently quit Besiktas is 2.00 to become the next permanent Hammers manager, with Steve McClaren 21.00 and Roberto Di Matteo, who has exited Schalke, 5.50.
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