Harry Redknapp offers strong Europa League warning to West Ham

Harry Redknapp

The former West Ham boss has been discussing Slaven Bilic's job at Upton Park.

Ex-West Ham United manager Harry Redknapp believes the Europa League will hinder the Hammers this season, according to Kicca.

Indeed, Redknapp says it would be a blessing in disguise were Slaven Bilic's men to get knocked out during their qualifier against Astra Giurgiu on Thursday night.

The former West Ham boss believes the competition is acting as a hindrance to the east London club now and will continue to do so throughout the season.

And he feels Bilic will also be desperate to sign two to three players ahead of the Premier League campaign.

Redknapp wrote on Kicca: "West Ham could have done without the Europa League, they’ve had lots of games in the qualifying rounds. They’ve got a tough game at Arsenal at the weekend and it’s not ideal preparation.

"They’ve lost Enner Valencia so they need to bring in two-three players and I think Slaven is desperate to do just that. I’ve not spoken to him and am going to ring him to wish him all the best.

"Who needs it? For me it would be a blessing if West Ham got beaten tomorrow and went out of the competition."

It's certainly a strong opinion from Redknapp, who has no doubt been influenced by his own unfortunate experiences in the Europa League.

For West Ham, though, it's a difficult situation. European competition could make their last campaign at Upton Park very special indeed and that emotion is likely having a big effect in east London right now.

But, if West Ham do suffer in the Premier League thanks to their Europa League exploits, it will hardly be just reward for qualifying in the first place. Should Bilic prioritise the top flight or try everything he can to manage both competitions?

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