London - Slavisa Jokanovic insists
he would have led Fulham away from relegation trouble if he had been
given more time before being replaced by Claudio Ranieri.
was the mastermind behind Fulham's promotion to the Premier League last
season, but the Serbian manager was sacked this week with the Cottagers
rooted to the bottom of the table.
Fulham managed only one win from their opening 12 games
despite a £100 million spree on new players including Jean Michael Seri,
Andre Schurrle and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The club's owner Shahid
Khan on Wednesday decided to replace Jokanovic with Ranieri, who was
Leicester manager when they won the Premier League in 2016.
issued a statement on Thursday afternoon via the League Managers
Association, in which he "respectfully" accepted the club's decision,
but made it clear he thought he deserved a longer spell to save the west
"I reflect on my spell at Fulham with immense pride
and gratitude, looking back on great memories following my appointment
at this fantastic football club almost three years ago now," said
Jokanovic, who had been in charge since December 2015.
been on an exciting journey together. It all started when we avoided
relegation to League One in my first season, before reaching the
play-offs in my second year and then achieving promotion to the Premier
League on an unforgettable day at Wembley back in May.
"I feel that we gave the club's fans a footballing identity and a team to be proud of.
was still confident that we would have been able to turn things around
after our slow start to the season, just as we had done in previous
years, but I respectfully accept the club's decision."