West Ham United co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold will have to pay the club’s stars a £10 million bonus if they make the Champions League.
That’s according to a new report from respected Athletic journalist David Ornstein.
West Ham sit fourth in the table after Sunday’s 2-1 win over bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Hammers tipped for Champions League
The Hammers are being tipped by pundits and fans to secure a seat at Europe’s top table come what May.
And a fifth-placed finish may even be enough should Manchester City, Liverpool or Chelsea win the Champions League and finish in the top four.
Writing in his Athletic column on Monday, Ornstein claims West Ham’s squad will share a sum approaching £10 million in bonuses if they qualify for the Champions League.
The journalist lifted the lid on the incentive scheme put in place by Sullivan, Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady – now commonly acronymed GSB – which applies for a ninth-place finish upwards.
‘West Ham owners must pay £10m in bonuses to players if they make Europe’s top competition’ – Ornstein
“It involves a rise per position, with players rewarded according to the number of games they feature in,” Ornstein said in his Athletic column.
“There is no bespoke payment for reaching the Champions League or Europa League but should West Ham make Europe’s elite club competition for the first time, it is understood the collective money soars in the direction of £10 million.”
Sullivan and Gold may be left sweating on the finances involved.
Particularly given the fact Sullivan bemoaned West Ham’s progress in the Carabao Cup earlier this season which meant he had to fork out £50k for the team’s flights to Liverpool to face Everton (talkSPORT via Claret & Hugh).
But West Ham fans will not care a jot.
West Ham fans won’t care one bit, you can’t put a price on fulfilling your dreams
This is the stuff dreams are made of for football supporters and West Ham fans are no different.
There is of course a long way to go to achieve that dream for West Ham.
Moyes’s side are right in the mix, though, and West Ham’s players will be deserving of every penny should they pull it off.
The owners should perhaps also be praised for having such an incentive in place.
If it is playing even a small part in the motivation of the squad, then credit where it is due.