Success, as a manager, can be fleeting, as Slavisa Jokanovic found out yesterday.
The Serbian, axed by the Fulham hierarchy, just months after winning the Championship Play-Off Final back in May, paid the ultimate price for steering his side to just one win from the opening twelve games of the 2018 / 2019 Premier League season.
In axing Jokanovic, the Fulham board have turned to Claudio Ranieri to navigate the good ship Fulham to calmer waters and maintain our status as a Premier League club.
If successful, there is talk that Ranieri will be richly rewarded.
But, having taken over the managerial hot-seat, the 67-year-old Italian hasn’t wasted any time in airing his first interview with the clubs official site, Click Here.
Remarking about the man he replaced, Ranieri remarked,
“I think Jokanovic was a great player but also as a manager he made a very good start to this career. This season I cannot believe what happened. It is a very good quality team.”
Indeed, it is, it’s just a team that has lost its way and its confidence.
Continuing though, Ranieri hit the nail firmly on the head when he added:
“As an Italian manager, for us, the defensive way is the best for the team. It is important to have a strong vision of the defence. Not just the full-backs or goalkeeper, all the team.”
Now that is the kind of talk we need, Jokanovic muddled and fuddled his way through his defensive line-ups, this season, paying the price.
Further adding, Ranieri had a message for the Craven Cottage supporters:
“I hope our fans push us and we need their strength. We need their support always. We will never give up.”
Right, now that’s the talk over with, let’s get things sorted on the training ground and then transpose that form to the pitch, starting with the Southampton game, next weekend.
Onwards and upwards.