Fulham’s preparation for life in the Premier League under Slavisa Jokanovic set them on the way for a campaign of disappointment, according to a report by Football.London.
They report that Jokanovic was only able to take ten of the players who ended up starting his side’s first game back in the top flight on the Cottagers’ pre-season tour.
That was due to incoming transfer business coming in late as Fulham toiled to replace the host of loanees who helped get them promoted and led to the lack of familiarity that has come to characterise their season.
The report also lifts the lid on the discontent around Craven Cottage at present; despite the stats showing that Claudio Ranieri has improved Fulham at both ends of the pitch, fans are unhappy that he has ripped apart the club’s identity.
Many of the issues apparently revolve around the prolonged omission of Tom Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon, which is further symbolic of the way the gameplan that got the Whites back into the top flight has been ruthlessly cast aside.
But Jokanovic was always fighting a losing battle; late arrivals, a poor pre-season, too much player turnover and substandard recruitment all contributed to his downfall – the identity wasn’t necessarily the biggest issue.
Now, Fulham have ripped it apart, ignoring the fact that circumstances conspired against Jokanovic, leaving them with an expensively-assembled, unbalanced squad with a manager who likely has no desire to manage in the Championship.