Surprise name in running to replace Conte at Chelsea

Date published: Friday 9th March 2018 9:12 - Ian Watson

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is said to be in the frame for the Chelsea job.

With Antonio Conte expected to depart Stamford Bridge in the summer, the Blues are making plans for the Italian’s succession.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is the strong favourite for the role, but Chelsea are making contingency plans.

According to the Daily Mail, those include ex-Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic, who made 39 appearances for the club between 2000 and 2002.

Jokanovic is currently managing Chelsea’s west London rivals Fulham, who are currently sitting in fourth place in the Championship.

The 49-year-old is said to have caught the eye of the Blues hierarchy because of his commanding presence and the attacking football his Fulham team have played under his watch.

Jokanovic has never managed in the Premier League before, despite leading Watford to Championship promotion in 2015 before leaving Vicarage Road. He has also managed Levski Sofia, Hercules and Maccabi Tel Aviv.


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