West Ham chief David Sullivan highlights main problem with Europa League qualification

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David Sullivan has highlighted the main problem with West Ham qualifying for the Europa League.

Speaking to the official Hammers website, Sullivan has admitted that securing Europa League qualification will mean West Ham’s season will start incredibly early next term.

The co-owner said: “If we things go our way, we could well have UEFA Europa League football to look forward to. European football will mean an early start to the new season, but we will be prepared and what better way to say goodbye to our historic home?”

West Ham look set to secure their qualification for Europe’s secondary competition through the Fair Play table, and any team would be pleased to get into Europe - especially with a mid-table finish.

However, the Fair Play qualification means that you are entered into the tournament at the first qualifying round, which for the 2015/16 edition starts on July 2nd.

Should they progress through that round, the Hammers would have to play three more two-legged ties before even reaching the group stage of the tournament.

This means that any pre-season planning is thrown out the window, as instead of playing friendlies you are forced to traipse around Europe playing competitive fixtures.

On top of this, you have to deal with squad fatigue and the need to rotate before the season has even started, meaning that the Premier League campaign will start with a squad far below the fitness levels of all your rivals.

For West Ham, they also have the issue of needing to hire a new manager this summer, meaning they may be rushed into a decision so as to have someone appointed before the early season starts.

Securing European football is certainly a step in the right direction for the Hammers, but getting in through the Fair Play table may do more harm than good in the long run.

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