Jokanovic led Fulham to promotion via the play-offs in May and less than five months later is under mounting pressure, with Fulhams former captain and current first-team coach Scott Parker linked with the managers post should, as some expect, Jokanovic be sacked during the international break which follows Sundays visit to Liverpool.
Read more Speaking on Friday, the Serb dismissed stories linking Parker with his job as gossip before sending out a clear message that it is Fulhams players and not the manager who have been most at fault in recent weeks, and especially during Mondays 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield.
In the press there are many different names but right now, where we are in bottom of the Premier League, this speculation is normal, Jokanovic said. But I dont have time to gossip. I dont need to change anything. My mentality is always the same; I want to push my team and find the brave people around me. Last game we chose an ugly way to lose. You must be proud, competitive and fight. We are not showing this quality, we must wake up and when we lose the game we must know how we lost it. We can not sell our skin so cheap.
“There will certainly be changes for Sunday’s clash with Fulham,” he claimed. “Having sat out the past four matches, Henderson is poised to make his comeback after returning to fitness and Keita should also be involved.
Fulham have conceded 29 goals in 11 games – the worst defensive record in the division and something Liverpool will feel they can exploit at Anfield. Jokanovic said Jürgen Klopps team have important weapons but having witnessed Red Star Belgrade overcome Liverpool in midweek, he feels his team can do the same if they show the same level of desire and dedication.
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We must work all together and be brave, he said. If we are jogging on the field and people think we will get a present, this is the wrong way. We must show more effort.
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