Jokanović In Detail

Tuesday 29 December 2015 16:00

We take a look at new Head Coach Slaviša Jokanović’s career in football to date.

As a young player in his native Serbia – or Yugoslavia as it was then known – Jokanović enjoyed success at FK Vojvodina and Partizan Belgrade, where his form attracted the attention of La Liga outfit Real Oviedo, who he joined in 1993.

During his two years at Oviedo he helped the club to two ninth-place finishes and a Copa del Rey Quarter-Final appearance, before moving to Tenerife in the summer of 1995.

In his first season there, Tenerife finished fifth in La Liga, two points and a place above Real Madrid, to earn qualification for the UEFA Cup the following term. His most successful time in Spain was still to come, however, as he helped Deportivo de la Coruna to their first-ever title in 2000.

Chelsea then paid a reported £1.7m to acquire his services, where he made more than 50 appearances across two seasons. During that time he featured twice against Fulham; in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage in September 2001, and as a late substitute in the FA Cup Semi-Final later that year.

After leaving the Blues, he finished his career at Spanish Segunda B outfit Ciudad de Murcia.

Known primarily as a defensive midfielder, Jokanović is one of Yugoslavia/Serbia’s most-capped players, having represented his country on 64 occasions, during which time he scored 10 goals. He played every minute as Yugoslavia were knocked out by the Netherlands at the Round of 16 stage at the 1998 World Cup.

It was the Dutch who knocked them out again two years later at the European Championships, with Jokanović ever present in the Group Stage only for a red card to rule him out of the Quarter-Final meeting.

His first taste of management came with former side Partizan, who he led to consecutive league and cup doubles – a feat never before achieved in the club’s history. After leaving Belgrade, he replaced Robbie Fowler at Thai outfit Muangthong United in 2012 and immediately led them to the league title without losing a game all season.

Short spells at Levski Sofia and Hercules followed, before he was appointed Head Coach of Championship side Watford in October 2014. He went on to lead the Hornets to promotion to the Premier League at the first time of asking, and they were only denied the title on the final day.

After leaving Watford in the summer he took up a similar role at Maccabi Tel Aviv, and he took the Israeli side into the Group Stages of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in 11 years.

His first match in the dugout in charge of Fulham will be at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday 2nd January, and he will be officially unveiled as our new Head Coach on tomorrow (Wednesday 30th December).

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