Fulham to splash the cash in January in bid to stay in Premier League
Fulham to splash the cash in January in bid to stay in the Premier League but Slavisa Jokanovic may not spend it
- There is growing pressure on Slavisa Jokanovic to get more out of his players
- Jokanovic has had a contract extension on table for weeks but has not signed
- Owner Shahid Khan has given the impression he intends to stick with the Serb
Fulham will re-open their chequebook to fend off relegation in January, but there is internal doubt over whether Slavisa Jokanovic is the man to spend it.
Having spent in-excess of £100million on improving the squad, as well as lifting the club’s wage ceiling over the summer, there is increasing pressure on Jokanovic amid concerns he is not extracting the most out of the players.
The Cottagers are currently in the bottom three following a difficult to start to the season.
Fulham will splash the cash in January but Slavisa Jokanovic may not be the man to spend it
Despite the significant financial outlay, there remains funds available to add additions in the winter transfer window – and Fulham are prepared to spend again to give themselves the best chance of staying up.
But whether Jokanovic is in charge in January remains to be seen. The Serb has grown frustrated at his lack of input in regards to the club’s transfer policy.
However, it is understood the currently unwilling to relinquish any power in terms of which players the club sign.
A new contract extension has been on the table for Jokanovic to sign for several weeks – but the former Watford boss has so far refused to sign the deal – his lack of control of transfers believed to be a reason behind his hesitancy.
The likelihood of Jokanovic signing the contract any time soon seems remote given their poor form.
Shahid Khan has given the impression that he intends to back Jokanovic — for now
Jokanovic is not said to be under any immediate danger of losing his job; indeed owner Shahid Khan attended Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Bournemouth leaving club officials with the impression that he intends to, for now, back Jokanovic.
However, there is a feeling a loss to Huddersfield this weekend could spark a change of heart.
Sources insist the players are firmly with Jokanovic and believe he is still the man to turn lead the club forward.
But the fact Fulham have conceded 28 goals in just 11 games this season is causing obvious concern.
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