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West Ham begin life without Sam Allardyce by qualifying for the Europa League


West Ham's new manager will be taking charge of a club playing in the Europa League next season, after the side finished top of the Premier League's Fair Play table.

The Hammers finished 12th in the Premier League as they parted ways with manager Sam Allardyce following their 2-0 defeat to Newcastle on the last day of the season.

But despite the club's bottom half finish, they can now look forward to the chance of playing European football next season after they emerged as the League's best disciplinary side.

Under UEFA rules, the top three domestic leagues in Europe for fair play are allocated an additional Europa League spot for the following season, with England securing one of those spots.

It then fell on which side would be able to top the table, with Liverpool and Manchester City in the top five already assured a European spot, the Hammers, along with Burnley and Everton, had the chance to stake a claim.

But it is West Ham who will get that spot, as they begin life after Sam Allardyce this week, with a new manager needed to steer the club through their final season before their move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016/17.
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