West Ham have qualified for a place in the Europa League after finishing top of the Barclays Premier League's Fair Play table.
The Hammers, who are currently managerless after not renewing Sam Allardyce's contract, have qualified for Europe for the first time since 2006/07 in a fitting sign off for their last season at the Boleyn Ground.
The East London side will now have to play three qualifying rounds, starting on July 2, as 104 teams battle it out to reach the play-off stage of the competition in August. They will find out their opponent when the draw for the first and second qualifying rounds is made on June 22.
In a statement to the West Ham website, joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said: “We are delighted to have won a place in the UEFA Europa League as we want to ensure the Boleyn Ground the best send-off possible, and progress in this competition will certainly help with that.
“Starting in early July will bring its challenges, but everyone at the Club, from the board to the players and supporters will be relishing the opportunity to feature on the European stage. It should be a fantastic experience.”
With less than two months before their first fixture of the 2015/16 season, the search for a new manager is now more urgent and may see them name Allardyce’s successor within the next week.
The favourite for the vacancy is former Hammers player, Slaven Bilic, who is looking for a new challenge after leaving Besiktas this week.
Roberto Di Matteo is also in the running after leaving Schalke on Tuesday, with Rafa Benitez and Jurgen Klopp at long odds for the job at the Boleyn Ground.
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