Fulham have sacked head-coach Slavisa Jokanovic and replaced him with former Chelsea and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri.
Jokanovic, who joined the Whites in December 2015, led Fulham to promotion from Championship on 26 May 2018 by beating Aston Villa 1–0 at Wembley Stadium in the play-off final.
However, the Serbian boss registered just one win in 12 Premier League games this season and left the Cottagers sitting bottom of the league table with five points.
“Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option,” said Fulham chairman Shahid Khan.
“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.”
Ranieri, who spent last season in charge of French club Nantes, has also said: “It is an honour to accept Mr Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history.”
“The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed.”
“This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table.”
“I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage.”
Jokanovic was Ranieri’s first signing at Chelsea in October 2000 during his spell at Stamford Bridge.
39 – All 39 of Slavisa Jokanovic’s Premier League appearances as a player came under Claudio Ranieri for Chelsea between October 2000 and April 2002. Replacement. pic.twitter.com/T5fFvVV2za
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Ranieri, whose first game in charge of Fulham will be against Southampton at Craven Cottage after the international break, guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016.