Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic linked with former club Chelsea

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 22 May 2018, 11:32

Slavisa Jokanovic has emerged as a major contender to become the next Chelsea manager after bookmakers slashed his odds from 40/1 to just 11/1, with the Evening Standard reporting that the Fulham boss has been added to the Blues’ managerial shortlist.

Chelsea supporters are currently waiting to find out the future of their FA Cup winning boss Antonio Conte, although in all honestly it would come as a huge shock if the Italian stayed at Stamford Bridge.

Conte roared the Blues to Premier League glory in his debut season, which was followed by FA Cup success last weekend.

However, his future was shredded in doubt throughout virtually the whole of the 2017/18 league campaign, which ended in a disappointing 5th place finish, and subsequently no Champions League football next term.

Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri and former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique have long been linked with a move to Chelsea, while Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and Leonardo Jardim also feature in the top echelons of the betting market.

But, Jokanovic’s sudden appearance certainly makes for interesting reading.

The Serbian manager, who played for Chelsea under Claudio Ranieri (2000-02), has reportedly caught the eye of owner Roman Abramovich, who is weighing up his options in the managerial arena.

Jokanovic is currently one game away from becoming the first non-British boss to win two promotions up to the Premier League.

He successfully led Watford up to the top-flight in 2015, before unexpectedly leaving the club, while his current side Fulham face Aston Villa in Saturday’s play-off final.

Jokanovic may not have any Premier League experience, but over the last couple of season’s his Fulham side have employed an entertaining brand of free-flowing football, which has seen the club smash in a combined 164 Championship goals in their last 92 games.

He’s also been operating on a limited budget and has one-year remaining on his current contract at Craven Cottage, but should Fulham fail to win promotion he may be tempted to venture off elsewhere in pursuit of Premier League football.

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