West Ham can qualify for the Europa League through the Fair Play route this season.
West Ham United fans may not be pleased with their recent form, but the reality is - they have had a very good season.
After yesterday's 0-0 draw with QPR they are currently 10th in the Premier League, a reasonable position for the club.
For much of the campaign West Ham looked like they might in fact make it into Europe. Sam Allardyce made some good signings in the summer. Aaron Cresswell, Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho have all proved to be top signings for the club.
But Europe now seems to be beyond them.
Although, that is not 100%.
The club could still qualify through fair play.
David Gold, the West Ham chairman, has responded to a fan today inquiring about a potential qualification for the Europa League via the Fair Play route, insisting they will want victory in the competition if they do make it.
Its complicated but we believe we have a very good chance of qualifying. If we do, we will enter to win. dg https://t.co/neyAZUNLEG— David Gold (@davidgold) April 26, 2015
The UEFA Europa League awards three teams each season with qualification for their Fair Play record. The three leagues in Europe with the best fair play record get a qualification, with the team with the best record from the top league in that country qualifying.
At the moment Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and England are the top three and West Ham are top of the Premier League Fair Play Table, just ahead of Burnley.
West Ham fans will certainly be hoping for European football next season, even if it does prove something of a distraction to league affairs.