David Moyes

West Ham United manager David Moyes has criticized UEFA for a potential change of rules to qualification for the Champions League.

There are reports that the winners of the FA Cup could qualify for a place in the Champions League in the future – but only if they are a so-called big club.

That means Crystal Palace would not qualify if they won this year’s FA Cup, but Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool would if they finished outside the top four and won the trophy and it is a move that Moyes isn’t pleased with.

“If we’re honestly talking about a football club who are back in Europe, you would have to say we’re new. We’re the new boys on the block. I bet you UEFA were not expecting West Ham to be in this position. But that’s what happens. And that’s why we need to keep encouraging UEFA to bring in other teams.

“Look how well we’ve done. Maybe we might not have gotten into this competition if there were different rules. From that point of view, I really think that we want to show that we can challenge. And if we’re at our best, we’re a match for most teams and we can be,” Moyes said.

West Ham will be up against Olympique Lyon in the Quarterfinals of the Europa League on Thursday night before returning to league action against Brentford on the weekend.

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