West Ham United squad to earn up to £10m in bonuses if they qualify for Champions League – but David Moyes remains humble after Tottenham victory
The West Ham United squad could share bonuses of £10million if they continue their excellent form and qualify for the Champions League this season. West Ham outlined their top-four credentials with a 2-1 win over an unravelling Tottenham, who lost for the fifth time in six Premier League games to leave Jose Mourinho feeling the […]
The West Ham United squad could share bonuses of £10million if they continue their excellent form and qualify for the Champions League this season.
West Ham outlined their top-four credentials with a 2-1 win over an unravelling Tottenham, who lost for the fifth time in six Premier League games to leave Jose Mourinho feeling the pressure.
The Hammers climbed into fourth position thanks to goals from Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard, giving them their highest ever points tally at this stage of the season in the Premier League era.
They are nine points above their London rivals and David Moyes celebrated his first win over Mourinho at the 16th time of asking after withstanding a late assault by Spurs, who gave themselves hope through Lucas Moura.
But Tottenham could not find a leveller, hitting the woodwork twice, and their demise has been stark as from a position at the top of the table in mid-December they have won just three of their last 13 games, meaning their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League through the league are all-but over.
Conversely, the Irons have collected 23 points from their past 10 games and have conceded just eight goals.
According to The Athletic, there is an incentive scheme in place which rewards the players financially – provided they finish either ninth or above.
As it stands, the scheme includes a rise per position and players are rewarded for the number of games they play in.
Although there is no specific European bonus in place, the scheduled jumps rise significantly if they achieve qualification for either the Europa League or the Champions League.
The Hammers have never reached football’s premier competition in their illustrious history, but David Moyes is refusing to get carried away – despite sitting just four points behind Manchester United in second place.
WEST HAM UNITED FIXTURES
West Ham have achieved their highest ever points tally at this stage of a Premier League season
- Manchester City (A) – 27/2/21
- Leeds United (H) – 8/3/21
- Manchester United (A) – 13/3/21
- Arsenal (H) – 21/3/21
- Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) – 3/4/21
- Leicester City (H) – 10/4/21
“To win this one today was really important because of the games we have got coming up,” he said. “I said a few weeks ago if we could hang in there we could look at it further down the line.
“We are really excited by it because this time last year we were worrying sick because we were going to get relegated. So we are thrilled with it.
“But the thing for me is that we can play much better than we are doing and that is what excites me because there is more to come.
“We are ahead of our station at this moment in time. We have done half the job, let’s see if we can finish the second half.
“Where does it take us? I am really hoping we can get in one of the European competitions but if it doesn’t and we finish outside it, I think it would be hard to say the players have not had a good year.”