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Fulham To Parry Chelsea Interest For Their Manager With A Long-term Contract: Astute Move By Them?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Fulham’s head coach, Slaviša Jokanović is tied to the Championship side for another season and the bosses at Craven Cottage would like to change that. Talks of an extension have been raised in recent weeks, which is only fair, given the work Jokanović has done with the club.

From saving the club from relegation to turning them into promotion contenders within a span 18 months is one of the biggest refurbishment stories in football and the 49-year-old has been at the heart of it all.

Jokanović took over the Lillywhites team back in December 2015, after spending 6 months with Maccabi Tel Aviv, and successfully saved the team from dropping down to the League One by 11 points. He had already done a marvellous job with Watford by helping them earn promotion to the Premier League in the 2014/15 season.

Unfortunately, his contract demands were not met by the Hornets board and Jokanović was replaced by Quique Sanchez Flores. And now, the Serbian is back in the promotion hunt with an in-form Fulham squad, hungry for the return back to England’s top-flight.

Jokanović started his managerial career with Partizan, 10 years back and successfully delivered the seasonal double(cup and league title). He has worked his way all over Europe and even in Asia at one point, earning major honours with almost every side. He even led the Maccabi side to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 11 years after beating FC Basel.

Fulham are enjoying a terrific run ever since the start of the year and have jumped up to the 3rd spot of the points table, just 5 points behind the automatic promotion spot which is currently occupied by Cardiff City and leaders Wolves.

With just 6 games left in the regular season, they still remain hopeful of bridging the gap and or on a 2-game winning streak. They overcame Leeds United and Norwich City by 2 goals in the last 2 league games.

Jokanović has achieved a lot in his managerial career but getting to oversee a team in one of the most prestigious leagues in Europe will definitely trump all. At one point, he was even considered for the Chelsea job and this extension will help laud off rivalling interest from plenty of other English outfits.

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Taking over a side already established in the top division will certainly help him in his career but getting to do it with Fulham will be a different achievement altogether. The 49-year-old still has to see out the rest of the season and undergo a gruelling playoff battle.

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