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Fulham fans thought things were bad…Alan Pardew now odds-on favourite to be new manager

3 months ago
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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.’

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