Ex-Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic says he could’ve turned the club’s fortunes around were he to be given more time.
As reported by the BBC, Jokanovic was sacked by the Cottagers yesterday having picked up just five points from their opening 12 Premier League matches.
Owner Shahid Khan was quick to appoint his successor, with Claudio Ranieri, who famously guided Leicester City to the Premier League title at odds of 5,000-1, taking the reins at Craven Cottage.
The writing had been on the wall for Jokanovic for some time, who seemingly refused to change the team’s style of play despite their lowly position.
In addition, Fulham have conceded more goals than any other top-flight club this campaign, 31, six more than Burnley and Cardiff City.
Jokanovic was, of course, crucial to the club’s promotion via the playoffs last season but was unable to muster any sort of top-flight form despite the club’s £100m+ summer outlay.
In a statement, Jokanovic said:
I was still confident that we would have been able to turn things around. We have been on an exciting journey together. It all started when we avoided relegation to League One in my first season, before reaching the play-offs in my second year and then achieving promotion to the Premier League on an unforgettable day at Wembley back in May. I feel that we gave the club’s fans a footballing identity and a team to be proud of.