Danny Mills has insisted the West Ham squad will be motivated to finish in the top four by a potential £10million bonus.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and England defender revealed members of the Leeds squad told him bonuses played a big role in helping the club achieve promotion to the Premier League.
The Athletic‘s David Ornstein reports the Irons squad are set to share £10million if they are able to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Manchester City inflicted just a second defeat in 12 Premier League games for West Ham on Saturday and after the game David Moyes admitted afterwards he “cannot promise” Champions League or Europa League football.
Asked whether a £10million bonus could help the squad achieve what many thought impossible at the beginning of the season, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Everybody has different motivations.
“Players will be looking at it and if that’s an extra little carrot and an extra little incentive that gets them over the line then there’s nothing wrong with that. You get rewarded for success, that’s the way I look at it.
“I remember talking to players at Leeds when they were trying to get promoted two or three seasons ago when they were trying to get into the play-offs and for some of those players the main motivation to get promoted was money, it was financial.
“The Roy Keanes of the world where you play just to win is brilliant and that used to be 99 per cent of the players but it’s not anymore. The world has changed and people have different priorities and different motivations.
“As tough as it is at times we have to accept that.”