Uefa have announced the name of it’s third European club competition which could impact on the Hammers.

After gaining final approval from the executive committee, the UEFA Europa Conference League will come into effect from the 2021/2022 season.

This idea was first being mooted back in 2015 and could allow the likes of Crystal Palace, Watford, West Ham United – and any future promoted London side – better opportunities to reach the main stages of European competition.

In recent seasons, the Hammers have failed to reach the group stages of the Europa League, while Fulham did reach the final of the competition way back in 2010.

The new competition will sit alongside the Champions League as well as the Europa League which would then increase the overall number of clubs involved in European football to 96.

ClaretandHugh says: Whether this is a great idea or not is very debatable and seems to be honest more a case of Uefa attempting to dominate rather than create another meaningful addition to the football calendar. Given that this will become the third and presumably less prestigious of the competitions it carries very little kudos and puts an unnecessary strain on club squad. Travelling to Europe and back for Thursday evening games before hoping to pick up points in the PL on Saturday is a big call as is being proved by Wolves – currently second off bottom. The only real money available from Europe is in the Champions League and thus it’s tricky to see what meaningful why and how  such a competition would  for the Hammers. Squad management will always be the key to European involvement but the big question is whether a new competition is required or advantageous . Not convinced!