David Sullivan admits West Ham's Europa League tie is not ideal

West Ham co owner David Sullivan

The Hammers were drawn with old rivals Astra Giurgiu on Friday.

West Ham co owner David SullivanWest Ham co-owner David Sullivan

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has admitted to the club’s official website that their clash with Astra Giurgiu is not ideal.

The Hammers secured their progression to the play-off round of the Europa League with a win over NK Domzale on Thursday evening.

The draw then saw them tied with Astra Giurgiu, who dropped into the competition after being beaten by Kobenhavn in the Champions League qualifiers.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic during the press conferenceWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic during the press conference

The Romanian champions are familiar opponents for Slaven Bilic’s side, with the clubs meeting at the qualifying stage last season.

That tie ended in defeat for the Hammers and Sullivan says his club have unfinished business with their opponents, although he admits the timing of the game is not ideal.

“We have unfinished business with them,” he told the club’s official website.

“They are the champions of Romania last season, so it won’t be an easy game. It's not ideal as there is a lot of travelling and the away leg is before the vital home game against Bournemouth."

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

It now remains to be seen if West Ham can manage to secure their progression to the group stages this year.

They prioritised the Premier League last season and that played a big part in their loss to Astra Giurgiu when they met.

With the Hammers determined to have European football at the Olympic Stadium and Slaven Bilic having a better squad at his disposal, it would be surprising to see that repeated this time around.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch