Promotion-winning Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic insists future out of his hands

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Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic during Tottenham vs Fulham at Wembley Stadium in London.
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic during Tottenham vs Fulham at Wembley Stadium in London.

Slavisa Jokanovic insists negotiations to extend his contract as Fulham manager are out of his hands.

Reports persist that the Serbian, who was appointed in December 2015, has delayed discussions about extending his commitment to the club until after their first few months back in the Premier League.

They have so far lost to both Crystal Palace and Tottenham and on Sunday host Burnley, and he is instead adamant that their pursuit of points is his sole priority.

“This job is in the hands of my agent and the club,” the 50-year-old responded when asked about his contract situation.

“This kind of situation is in the hands of different people; I am really not talking all the days with the club about money or this kind of situation.

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“I am focused only about the Premier League and competition and I am fully motivated to do everything to be successful with my team and club.

“I know I depend on the results and our supporters after two games will expect some points.

“What I am really worried about (is) my team, about results, about getting our first Premier League points. That’s where I’m focusing my energy.”

Fulham remain without the injured Alfie Mawson, who after returning to training is preparing to face Exeter on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup.

“(Mawson) started working with us after a long period without being active,” said Jokanovic. “He made the last two training days with us and will need the time to build fitness.

“We have a plan for next week to try to use him in the Carabao Cup and then decide if we will try to use him in 45 and 60-minute periods.”


Jokanovic believes that Aleksandar Mitrovic has been boosted having scored against Spurs and that his influence will be vital to his inexperienced team.

“(Mitrovic is) one of the most experienced Premier League players in my team, and he’s always available to fight for and support the team,” added the manager.

“Always it’s positive and easier after scoring goals, and I believe this goal will encourage him to work harder still, to support the team, and be available to score.

“I’m sure he’d prefer not to score and for Fulham to win (on Sunday). He’s going to be really satisfied if you’re talking about him if we won without him scoring. We’re talking about a striker, but he can help us in different parts of the game.

“He’s important in our defensive set-pieces; and (in Burnley) we’re going to have another opponent that’s dangerous in these situations.”

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