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Jokanovic a contender for Chelsea job, Mail say

Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic is the latest manager to be touted as a possible replacement for Antonio Conte as Chelsea boss.

The Daily Mail claim that Jokanovic, who has never managed in the Premier League, is one of the contenders being considered by Chelsea. 

The Serbian, who had a two-year spell at Chelsea as a player, making 39 league appearances for the Blues between 2000 and 2002, “is seen as someone commanding in the changing room and a coach who prioritises playing attacking football,” the Mail declares.

It comes amid continued speculation over Conte’s future.

Jokanovic has joined the long list of managers linked with Chelsea

There have been reports the Italian is likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer or could even go sooner.

But The Sun now say Conte could be kept on even if Chelsea do not finish in the top four – if he stops his apparent sniping at the club over transfer policy.

The Blues hierarchy have reportedly been irritated by Conte’s suggestions that they have failed to compete with the likes of Manchester City.

There has been speculation over Conte’s future since last summer

The Sun say owner Roman Abramovich has become reluctant to sack managers but that Conte’s comments have caused problems.

The newspaper quotes ‘a Stamford Bridge insider’ as saying: “Roman is not so trigger happy these days when it comes to firing managers.

“Champions League football is important but not a deal breaker. These days Roman wants to give his managers every opportunity.

“The stress point could be if Antonio starts complaining again. People are growing weary of it all.”