Despite slipping into the relegation zone last weekend, Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has finally been handed some good news.
Although it had been reported over the week that Jokanovic and owner Shahid Khan had been set for crunch talks over his future, the 50-year-old has received a public backing from his boss.
Shahid Khan on Slavisa Jokanovic: “As for the sensational and fictional
headlines related to Slavisa this week, I’m equal parts amused, astonished and disappointed. I ask you not to believe everything you read. Or, in this case, don’t believe anything you read.” #FFC
— Alex Harris (@Alex_Harris1991) October 25, 2018
Khan backs Jokanovic
Ahead of attending Saturday’s increasingly important clash with Bournemouth, Khan showed no signs of cutting ties with the man who led them to the Premier League last season.
“Our results one-fourth of the way through our return to the Premier League have been bitterly disappointing [but] we have a head coach in Slavisa Jokanovic who not only understands and appreciates the honour of representing Fulham, but in the past two seasons the right formula with his personnel to hit our stride in time for the holidays (Christmas period).
“Slavisa’s record shows he has always led FFC admirably when the stakes are at their highest, and with 29 matches still to play in the league, I am sure the same will hold true this season.”
While the one-time Watford boss will be pleased to hear the backing coming from the boardroom, Jokanovic will know the importance of remedying Fulham’s recent woes.
Fulham’s slow start to the season
Despite breaking the bank and spending over £100 during the summer, it couldn’t have been a worse start for Fulham.
Coming off the back of a 4-2 hammering away at fellow promotees Cardiff last weekend, the Cottagers have now slipped into the bottom three.
More worrying for Jokanovic, his side have now lost their last three Premier League matches on the bounce, shipping 12 goals on that run.
Without a Premier League win since August, they also hold the worst defensive record in the top flight.
However, speaking after their defeat last Saturday, Jokanovic has insisted he is the man to guide Fulham to safety.
“I can find the solution,”
“My job is to keep working and fighting to find the solution.
“Last year people were against us, but we found a way to improve ourselves and be more competitive. We showed some positive things, but the negative things are killing us. I will keep going and keep working for my best XI.”
Fulham’s next two Premier League games are against Bournemouth and Huddersfield with a Carabao Cup match against Manchester City in between.