Paddy Kenny issues 'massive' West Ham warning

West Ham will finish no higher than 6th next season because of the “massive” financial gap between themselves and the Premier League elite.

That is according to ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Hammers’ prospects in 2021-22.

David Moyes‘ side enjoyed a full-throttle campaign last season as they achieved their best top-flight finish, 6th, since 1986.

That means they will play in the Europa League next season, a feat which finance expert Kieran Maguire predicts could see them earn £40million-plus.

But this is dwarfed in comparison to the approximately £80m those participating in the Champions League are likely to pocket.

Kenny heaped praise on West Ham but predicted they are unlikely to better their 6th-place finish next season because of this financial gap.

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“I think after the season before, it shows how much they’ve proved this season,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“I personally think they punched above their weight this season. Lingard came in and made a massive difference. It helps when a player comes in and changes the whole dynamic of the club.

“Obviously, there is a massive financial gap between West Ham and those big clubs which is always going to be hard to close.

“I just worry that they won’t get any further than they have done this time around. So I think if you offered them 6th again next season they’d snap your hand off.

“It’s been an amazing season for them. Moyes has proved he’s an unbelievable manager.”

In other news, West Ham leapfrogged in pursuit of French striker who netted 22 times last season.