Slaviša Jokanović has a lot of time for Queens Park Rangers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but he’s confident of getting one over on his former teammate on Saturday.
The pair were on Chelsea’s books together back in their playing days but will find themselves in opposite dugouts at Loftus Road when Fulham face Queens Park Rangers at the weekend.
“First of all, Jimmy’s a nice man who was a very important person for me in my first experience here in England,” Jokanović explained. “I have a very good friendship with him.
“He helped me adapt myself when I arrived for the first time here in England. I spoke with him in Spanish, this is my second language, and he helped me so much.
“I knew he intended to be a manager and football coach. In a short time he made a few important steps and now he’s here where he deserves to be.”
It was nine matches before Hasselbaink sampled victory at Rangers, but Jokanović believes he has improved things in W12.
“This is football, we are not magic,” he stated. “All the coaches are thinking and talking about time, but we understand time doesn’t exist in football and we need to immediately start winning games.
“Jimmy, after one month, had them playing better and they started winning games. I think he made a good job and his team is actually right now in a normal process.
“I remember him from the past, many times we played cards on the bus and I beat him, and I expect I’ll have the opportunity to beat him tomorrow in the game.”