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Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic

The "Cottagers" now have the worst defensive record in the league, and sit bottom of the Premier League after a poor start to the season that saw Jokanovic replaced by Claudio Ranieri on Wednesday.

Jokanovic was the mastermind behind Fulham's promotion to the Premier League last season, but the Serbian manager was sacked this week with the Cottagers rooted to the bottom of the table.

Jokanovic issued a statement on Thursday afternoon via the League Managers Association, in which he "respectfully" accepted the club's decision, but made it clear he thought he deserved a longer spell to save the west Londoners.

"Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option." said Fulham chairman, Shahid Khan.

"He's got the tactically awareness from the top clubs he's managed, and done well I think he's a good fit for Fulham".

Jokanovic added: "We have been on an exciting journey together".

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- Jokanovic has twice left clubs after gaining promotion to the Premier League.

Slavisa Jokanovic proudly reflected on giving Fulham a "footballing identity" despite his disappointment over being removed as manager.

"Finally, I am extremely grateful to the Fulham fans for their support since I arrived at the club and their very kind messages following my departure".

The Mirror Sport reports that Fulham indicated their interest in the Frenchman and even promised him substantial funds in the transfer market to further strengthen his squad which already boasts of very decent players like Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jean Michael Seri and former Chelsea attacker Andre Schurrle.

Despite promising performances, results on the pitch failed to materialise, with Fulham mustering just five points and suffering six away Premier League defeats out of seven.

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