Could Sam Allardyce Be On His Way To Fulham? 3 Managers In Line To Replace Slavisa Jokanovic, Should He Fail To Beat Huddersfield
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has not hidden away when speaking about the Cottagers woeful start to the Premier League season, but defeat tonight against Huddersfield Town could see the Serbian boss become the first top-flight manager to be sacked, and only a win is likely to keep him in a job.
Having spent around £100m on transfers following their promotion from the Championship, Fulham's free-flowing football was expected to light up the Premier League, but instead it's emphasised their defensive frailties, and they head into tonight's clash at the John Smith's Stadium sitting 19th in the table.
On a positive note for Fulham fans they face bottom club Huddersfield, who have been equally woeful all season, and an under-fire Jokanovic must be brave in west Yorkshire this evening, as he looks to save his job, but defeat and he is out the door!
We pick out THREE managers that could take over the reins from Jokanovic, should he be relinquished of his duties.
Out of a job since leaving Everton at the end of last season, Sam Allardyce has been filling his time working for TalkSPORT on occasions, often using the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast as a platform to tell the masses how he would do better than 'insert manager' at 'insert club'. We all know Allardyce's self-confidence can't be questioned, but should Jokanovic lose his job at Fulham then you have to feel the former England boss would be the first on the phone to rave about his abilities.
And, frankly the Fulham job would be an ideal position for the veteran boss, who is often handed the task of trying to keep teams in the Premier League, and he is sure to come into the reckoning to be the Next Fulham Manager.
Much loved as a player at Fulham, Chris Coleman also blossomed as a manager at the Cottagers before his tenure at the club abruptly ended in 2007 and he was forced to find work elsewhere. Having shown his qualities as a boss when masterminding Wales' progression to the 2016 European Championships semi-finals, Coleman could be an ideal fit for a club he holds in high regard.
A rather disappointing spell at Sunderland recently may have seen his stock reduce, as he failed to stop the Black Cats' relegation to League One, but now plying his trade in China, Coleman would jump at the chance to return to his old club and could bring an air of positivity back to the club after a tough start.
With an abundance of raw, inexperienced players, Fulham could benefit from a manager that has a raft of experience and Carlos Carvalhal could be that man. A manager across the globe for 20 years, Carvalhal's last position was at Swansea City, where he failed to save them from relegation to the Championship, but during his time prior to that at Sheffield Wednesday he showed his talents.
Carvalhal oozes the experience that Fulham need at the moment, and should the Cottagers fail to beat Huddersfield this evening then could be another key contender in line to snap up an attractive Premier League job.