Ex-Manchester United Boss Joins Big Sam As Bookie's Favourite For Fulham Job
Slavisa Jokanovic’s reign at Fulham could be close to an end after tonight’s insipid performance in a 1-0 defeat against Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.
It’s a former manager of their London rivals West Ham that’s been installed as favourite to take his job if he is indeed relieved of his duties, with David Moyes a 7/2 favourite in the race to be The Next Fulham Manager.
Moyes left the Hammers in May after just six months in charge and has been without management work since. The 55-year-old would certainly bring a wealth of top-flight experience to the role, which is perhaps what the Cottagers have been lacking this term.
The slick attacking outfit that made late ground in their charge to promotion via the play-offs last term was bolstered by some heavy spending this summer, with the likes of Jean Michel Seri and Andre Schurrle being brought in to add quality and depth to Jokanovic's squad.
But while they’ve looked sharp on the front foot at times in their young season to date, they’ve been haemorrhaging goals and an experienced hand may well be brought in by owner Shahid Khan to shore up things and keep them in the arm wrestle for Premier League survival.
The presence of Moyes at the top of the betting would suggest that is likely to be the case, as does the name Sam Allardyce (6/1) coming in just behind him on that list.
Another former West Ham boss, Allardyce has shaped himself as something as a dogfight consultant in recent years, at Palace and indeed with the Hammers, and is another very viable candidate if Khan were to choose prioritise safety over all else and give Jokanovic his marching orders.
The presence of the likes of Brendan Rodgers and Franck de Boer (both 10/1) on the bookmaker’s list of viable candidates paints an alternate picture for Fulham, with another forward-thinking coach being brought in to pick up Jokanovic work with fresh impetus being another avenue open to Khan.