Jokanovic at odds with Fulham hierarchy over transfers


Slavisa Jokanovic is at odds with the Fulham hierarchy over the club’s transfer policy.

The Whites head coach has become frustrated with what he perceives to be inaction over suggestions he has made for players to add to his squad.

The Serbian has overseen an excellent start to the Championship season, with two wins and a draw, and behind the scenes he has been urging the club to capitalise on their strong position.

He has identified a number of players himself, including Blackburn winger Ben Marshall, but has already seen previous targets join other clubs.

Jokanovic wanted Real Murcia’s Eddy Silvestre, who was loaned to Cordoba, and Almen Abdi, who he worked with at Watford. but the Swiss midfielder signed for Sheffield Wednesday.

Technical director Mike Rigg has been criticised
Mike Rigg, Fulham’s chief football officer, joined in December 2014

Chief football officer Mike Rigg is in overall control of strategy at Craven Cottage and Fulham officials insist the club is working hard to support Jokanovic, and expect to bring in three or four new players before the transfer deadline.

Rigg and his backroom team are keen to use modern scouting methods and, like many other clubs, place great emphasis on statistics when assessing possible signings.

The club have been busy this summer, signing nine players for Jokanovic.

They have added Sone Aluko, Floyd Ayite, Kevin McDonald, Scott Malone, David Button, Michael Madl, Jozabed Sanchez and Denis Odoi, while Tomas Kalas was brought in on loan from Chelsea.