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Fulham have sacked manager Slavisa Jokanovic and appointed former Leicester and Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri.
Jokanovic guided the club through the Sky Bet Championship play-offs to the Premier League but the Cottagers have endured a difficult start to the season and currently sit bottom of the table with five points from 12 matches.
Ranieri, who has been out of work since leaving Leicester just nine months after leading them to the Premier League title, has agreed a multi-year contract to succeed Jokanovic at Craven Cottage.
“I wasn’t anticipating having to make this announcement related to Slaviša and wish the circumstances were such that I didn’t have to, but our path this season has led me to make what I know is the correct decision, at the right time, for our players, the Club and our supporters,” Fulham chairman Shahid Khan said.
“Slaviša will always have my appreciation and respect for everything he did to return Fulham to top-flight football. I am hoping everyone in the Fulham Family shares my heartfelt sentiments for Slaviša and joins me in wishing him success and good fortune, wherever his next stop may be.
“Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option, so having someone of Claudio’s calibre ready to accept our challenge was comforting but, most of all, essential.
“Claudio is risk-free and ready-made for the Premier League, and particularly so for what we need at this moment at Fulham. His recent body of work with Leicester City is literally legendary, and then you look at Claudio’s experience with Chelsea and big clubs throughout Europe, and it’s pretty evident we are welcoming an extraordinary football man to Fulham Football Club.”
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