Fulham next manager odds
Fulham next manager odds
It has been a tough few years for Fulham Football Club since they suffered relegation from the Premier League back in 2014, as they struggled to avoid dropping down another level to League One.
A 17th place finish in 2014/15 was followed by a 20th place finish in 2015/16, and it seemed extremely unlikely that the club would return to the top flight any time soon. Yet, the arrival of Slaviša Jokanović has seemingly saved the club, who have been among the best sides in the second division this season.
However, Jokanović’s brilliance hasn’t gone unnoticed. He is now courting interest from a number of Premier League clubs and could be tempted to jump ship if Fulham are unable to secure promotion, which would leave the club with a job on their hands to find a suitable replacement.
Of course, there are a few usual suspects that are linked with just about every Championship job that becomes available, who will likely find their names in the hat once again. Tony Mowbray, who was believed to be the favourite to take over prior to Jokanović’s arrival, will undoubtedly be among the candidates. The offer never came in December 2015, but he could get his opportunity this time around.
While Mowbray is currently struggling to avoid relegation with Blackburn Rovers, he has plenty of experience in the game, having previously taken charge of Celtic, West Brom and Middlesbrough, which will certainly make him an attractive option.
Nigel Pearson is also likely to be among the leading candidates, especially if Fulham are able to make it to the Premier League. The former Leicester City boss has plenty of experience at this level and certainly proved himself in the top flight too.
Pearson has been a target for the club in the past and would certainly be able to do the job. Yet, given his part in Leicester City’s Premier League winning campaign, his stock is high and there is likely to be plenty of competition for his services.
Fulham could also attempt to return to their glory days by bringing back the manager that oversaw one of the brightest periods in their history. Roy Hodgson managed to save them from certain relegation from the Premier League in 2008 and achieved 7th and 12th placed finishes in the years that followed, as well as a place in the 2010 Europa League final.
Having been out of work since he was dismissed by the England national team following their shocking performance at the 2016 European Championship, Hodgson will be keen to prove himself once again before he calls time on his managerial career after more than 40 years on the sidelines, and Fulham could be the perfect stage for him to do just that.