Alan Pardew is the odds-on favourite with the bookies to be the next Fulham manager.

Going into the international break, Slavisa Jokanovic and his team find themselves rock bottom of the table with only five points from 12 games.

However, he is expected to at the very least get one more chance to keep his job.

The next round of games sees Fulham at home to fourth bottom Southampton.

Alan Shearer believes the Fulham boss deserves more time (see below), pointing out Jokanovic was backed with £100m when choosing players in the summer and that he got the Cottagers promoted last season despite only winning four of the first 17 matches.

When Fulham fans see the bookies favourite as to who would be likely to replace the current manager, I have no doubt most of them will be willing to give Jokanovic more time as well.

A certain Alan Pardew the hot favourite.

The Paddy Power odds on identity of next Fulham manager:

8/11 Alan Pardew

4/1 Claudio Ranieri

11/2 David Moyes

7/1 Sam Allardyce

14/1 Steve Bruce

22/1 Chris Coleman

Fulham next play on Saturday 24 November and by that date a year ago, five Premier League managers had already been sacked.

De Boer (Palace), Shakespeare (Leicester), Koeman (Everton), Bilic (West Ham) and Pulis (West Brom).

Ironically, it was Alan Pardew who then replaced Pulis on 29 November 2017 and was a complete disaster, winning only one of 18 PL matches and losing his final eight games.

Surely nobody would give him another chance…?

Alan Shearer talking to BBC Sport:

‘Statistically, Fulham are one of the worst teams in Premier League history – but I still believe they should stick with their manager Slavisa Jokanovic and give him a chance to turn things around.

Form-wise, things are pretty grim for the Cottagers, who lost 2-0 to Liverpool on Sunday and remain bottom of the table with the worst defensive record in any of Europe’s top five leagues after a sixth straight Premier League defeat – a club record.

Since the Premier League began in 1992, only two teams have had fewer points or a worse goal difference than Jokanovic’s side after 12 matches, and only once has a side conceded more goals.

Many managers have been sacked for less – and I understand why clubs panic and make changes when there is an international break – but there are still reasons Jokanovic should get more time.

He was given more than £100m to build a new team over the summer, so 12 games in seems very early to decide he is now not good enough.

Jokanovic has a track record of improving after slow starts too – last November, the Cottagers were 17th in the Championship after winning only four of their first 17 games, but they went on to win promotion.

By the sounds of it, the Fulham fans are still behind him, and another encouraging thing is who they are up against in the battle to stay up.

Although Fulham look like a very poor team at the moment, there are six others of a similarly low standard at the bottom of the table – so you cannot write any of them off.’

  • Rich Lawson

    At least that’s one team below us sorted out then.

    • Ram Kishore

      A season has 38 games Rich, two weeks back we were in the bottom.
      Fortunes change. 26 games to go.

      • Toon Arnie

        Two half decent signings in January and we can get out of this. It should be a no brainer but unfortunately in the football world our owner has no brain.

  • Toontaff

    Great stuff! Enter Lord Percy! They’ll be down by February!

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  • Paul Patterson

    They’ll win two of his first six games, then there will be the inevitable nosedive. Let’s hope Fulham mess about like Charnley did with McClaren during the international window before Rafa came in . .

  • Themoscow72

    Yes the Manager who got us to fifth and earned Manager of all four leagues and the Premiership manager of the year. How did some Newcastle fans repay him by launching the Pardew out campaign. Be the same mob protesting now against Ashly. He bought our lot our meals at Metalist Kharkiv when we stayed in the same hotel. Glad he left for Palace as some of our fans were a disgrace trying to drive him out.

    • Polarboy

      Wum confirmed.

    • Kenny

      Didn`t it go well at Palace, then WBA. at least we won`t have to worry about Fulham if he takes over.

      • Themoscow72

        Yes agree very limited and no plan B but the way he was treat was a disgrace. Went to Bar Loco and tore their leaflets up.

        • Kenny

          Ah, a Bar named after you, nice 1

    • Paul Patterson

      We got to 5th despite Pardew man. If you believe otherwise, you’re a buffoon.

      • Themoscow72

        Ok then got to fifth thanks to Ashley nice to know.

        • Paul Patterson

          We got to 5th because Carr got lucky with his recruitment and with the players available to Pardew he couldn’t muck it up.

          • porciestreet

            Everyone sings about the ” 5th” season but we were so lucky with results and alot of dicky decisions went our way.

          • Paul Patterson

            Chelsea and Liverpool had poor seasons but no manager could fail with Ba, Cisse, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Guttierez, Tiote, Santon, Simpson, Krul.

          • Ram Kishore

            I appreciate for the 5th place but he was very poor on many things.
            But the hounding out was bit excessive imo

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        • Toon Arnie

          He got 5th despite Ashley and then what happened the following season ?Answer – Ashley refused to back him. You’re so wide of the mark it’s embarrassing.

      • Themoscow72

        Pardew signed 40 players the likes of Cisse and Ba. He was well backed by the generous Ashley as was McClaren.

        • Wezza

          Generous Ashley. You’re trolling yet again!

    • KennySamsung

      You sound like you are saying you wanted him to stay. Tactically he was not good but the main thing was he didn’t have a plan B when things went wrong in a game. He stayed too long and should have resigned saving everyones embarrassment. I don’t condone a person being hounded out but remember he followed Hughton who did nothing wrong, this infuriated some fans therefore Pardew didn’t stand a chance especially when things started to go wrong.

      • porciestreet

        Check out his CV eh…!
        Hes a liability and a pretty bad one at that.

    • Big Hairy Man

      We got 5th thanks to a lot of luck and a never to be repeated purple patch from Papiss Cisse. Did you meet Pardew in the hotel lift by any chance?

    • Will Venus

      Pardew has a face I would never get tired of punching. Then there was the head-butting and dancing on the sidelines…………..

    • Wezza

      He fluked our fifth.
      His record in the derbies was shocking! If you are who you say you are you’d have wanted him out at the 2nd defeat not 6 in a row. LLLLDLLDLLLL (you get the picture) totally shocking, he had to go – he had nk ey to spend, unlike Rafa, he had a much better squad than Rafa. Pardew was a fool – look at his record elsewhere!

    • Mike

      he was not hounded out HE LEFT for more money!!

  • Peaky

    That’s Mitro at left back from now on in then….

  • Alreet

    Hilarous that besides the pardspew odds, everyone else in the top 4 are former scummer managers. Ranieri needs to be off that list. Hes too good to be around that band of jokers.

    • Ram Kishore

      But Moyes definitely did a really good job at Everton. After his Manchester united fiasco everything went downhill.

  • Alan Pardew

    I won’t ever let it rest until I’m done, to get to one of the big clubs, because I want a bigger percentage chance of winning.

  • robbersdog

    Pards had a right result at Palace – got a £5m pay-off, thereby proving that failure is the new success.

    If Fulham just want to shut up shop and stay up, they may as well plump for Allardyce. It won’t be pretty, but it’ll be effective. Pardew is a charlatan and he’ll take them dwon.

    • Alreet

      I still cannot believe that him or macca still get management posts. Its like the chairmen of the leagues either take pity or they are high.

  • Alreet

    Much did we get for mitro?!?!? 15 mill looks like good business from rafa and everyone took the P.

  • Carverlier football

    He often starts well so it would possibly do the job for them this season – but you’d expect the wheels to fall off somewhere down the line…

  • Leicester Mag

    Football the ultimate recycling business, sadly recycling the same 💩 brings the same 💩 outcome. The silvershithead / Buffalohead and several others, the lack of imagination of clubs in breathtaking, not so the outcome.

  • Big Hairy Man

    He’ll be going there to top up his pension fund with another big payout when he’s sacked.

  • Andy Mac

    Is there really a football club owner in the world who still doesn’t know how “Clueless” got his nickname ? 🤔

  • TheFatController

    Although it must be noted Cabaye last week said Pards gave great motivational speeches.

    And as evidence exhibit A, you only need to look at Pards’ derby record with us to see that his pre-match words really do make the difference

  • HarryHype59

    Fulham would be better off giving the non football of Sham a go. He has a good record of keeping teams up. The silver snide cannot have a scrap of credibility left, after his disastrous tenure at WBA.

  • DeadToiler

    Why are people bothered about other clubs?

  • nufcslf

    [email protected] should never work again.