Jose Mourinho has been appointed as Tottenham Hotspur manager, with his deal running until the end of the 2022/23 campaign, as reported by their official website.
While he will be looking to make a change over an extended period of time, it is his first fixture in charge at Spurs that many are focusing on.
West Ham United haven’t won any of their last seven games in all competitions, so East London wasn’t exactly brimming with confidence ahead of the derby.
It seems as though the appointment of the Portuguese tactician has only worsened the feeling among Hammers fans:
I wish they hadn’t done that because a new manager in his first game usually gets the players up for a game. I would rather have played them under Poch either way I expect us to perform a lot better than we have been https://t.co/8iYoQpt4zV
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) November 20, 2019
Spurs are on a run of five Premier League games without a win, but the general consensus seems to be that they will be lifted by the Special One’s arrival.
That, mixed with the current goalkeeper situation, means that there is a definite pessimism among sections of the club’s supporters.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the managerial change, including posts from concerned West Ham fans, can be seen below:
I fear the worst. Spuds will now be right up for it to impress the new manager, and we’ll be frightened to death to make a mistake…. of which we’ll make many! And as for Roberto….
— Richard Hemstedt (@HammerHemel) November 20, 2019
Just hope we keep the score line down
— D Rose (@canarywharf2015) November 20, 2019
That’s exactly why Levy has sacked Poch prior to playing us. He didn’t want to lose.
— Andrew Gilbert (@andyg1954) November 20, 2019
The game has just gone from play ok and we win to play bad and we get spanked
— gavin dunstan (@changedstate) November 20, 2019
Spurs appoint Mourinho with his first game against us at our place!
They’re going to be right up for it,keen to impress ‘The Special One’,We’ve got to match that and then some to get a result!#COYI
— Stanley T (@harryflowerss) November 20, 2019
That said. How typically West Ham is it that this happens the week they play us and the new manager bounce happens with Jose Mourinho in charge #COYI
— Christopher Stares (@ClaretnBlueFonz) November 20, 2019