Danny Mills suggests that the West Ham board may have had their heads turned after seeing their side lose to a Tottenham team with the newly-appointed Jose Mourinho in charge.
The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that losing to a side who have recently changed manager can often cause those in charge at a struggling team to consider shaking things up as well.
The Hammers saw Mourinho pick up his first three points as Spurs boss at the London Stadium on Saturday, leaving Manuel Pellegrini and his men without a win in seven games.
Mills says that he is not expecting the Irons board to make an immediate decision but suggests their faith in Pellegrini will be wavering after seeing Mourinho’s men win.
Mills told Football Insider: “Pellegrini has clearly come under pressure. It makes it worse if a new manager comes into a club, plays against you and they win because the owners go: ‘They’ve just changed their manager and got an upturn. We can see the difference.’
“It’s not always a true reflection of what actually is going on, sometimes it just happens, you get a bit lucky from time to time. I think there’s huge pressure on Pellegrini.
“The owners are quite loyal at West Ham. Karren Brady, Sullivan and Gold, they’re relatively shrewd, they know what they’re doing. They haven’t got too many appointments wrong in the past. They’ll be keeping a close eye on things and thinking: ‘If we do get rid of him, who do we bring in?’
“I don’t think the West Ham owners are likely to make any snap decisions.”
The Lilywhites took a 3-0 lead at the London Stadium through Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane, West Ham leaving it late to cut the deficit with goals from Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna.
In other West Ham news, Darren Bent has blasted a Hammers figure who “doesn’t have a clue”.