Jose Mourinho enjoyed a winning start as Tottenham manager with a 3-2 London derby triumph over West Ham at London Stadium. First-half goals from Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura and a third from Harry Kane four minutes after the break gave Tottenham their first Premier League away win since 20 January.
It was about as comfortable as Mourinho could have hoped for after a tumultuous week, in which he replaced Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked by Daniel Levy less than six months after guiding the club to the first Champions League final in their history.
The result piles pressure on West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, whose side have now collected two points from their last seven games. Under-fire keeper Roberto made an error for Son’s opener and the hosts were booed off at half-time.
Late goals from substitute Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna gave the final scoreline a flattering look, but the result made a mockery of an ill-advised post from West Ham’s social media team following Mourinho’s appointment, highlighting previous difficulties the 56-year-old has endured at London Stadium.
If this day was to be all about Mourinho, West Ham fans used it as an excuse to turn on their own. Goalkeeper Roberto was in the firing line. From the moment he came for a punch and missed it, home fans baited the former Malaga keeper repeatedly.
Ironic cheers accompanied the simplest of kicks and catches. Confidence in the Spaniard, who has conceded three times in each of his last three games, is at rock bottom.
The ire goes beyond that. Carlos Sanchez’ introduction for Issa Diop – a move designed to give Declan Rice some time in central defence given a fifth yellow card means Diop is banned for next weekend’s trip to Chelsea – was greeted by loud boos.
The word from West Ham following their hammering at Burnley a fortnight ago was that Pellegrini would be given more time. After this, there will be fresh doubt about that. Events of the last week prove no manager is safe after a run of bad results.