sports: Fulham sack Slavisa Jokanovic and appoint former Leicester manager
Claudio Ranieri has been appointed the new manager of Fulham following Slavisa Jokanovic’s sacking, the Premier League club have confirmed.
Jokanovic leaves with the Craven Cottage club bottom of the Premier League table having won just a single of their 12 matches to date.
Ranieri, 67, has been handed a multi-year contract. This is his first job in English football since guiding Leicester to the Premier League title in 2015/16 before being sacked in February 2017.
The Italian said: “It is an honour to accept Mr. Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history.
“The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed.
“This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table. I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage.”
The match against fellow relegation battlers Saints is in a week-and-a-half, on Saturday, November 24.
Shahid Khan, the Fulham chairman, added: “I wasn’t anticipating having to make this announcement related to Slavisa and wish the circumstances were such that I didn’t have to, but our path this season has led me to make what I know is the correct decision, at the right time, for our players, the Club and our supporters.