Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic criticises players for performing ‘like kids’ and defends his ‘fantastic’ managerial ability

UNDER-FIRE Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has defended his managerial ability while hitting out at his struggling players for a lack of effort.

A 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield last weekend left The Cottagers rooted to the foot of the table despite a £100million splurge on new players in the summer.

Slavisa Jokanovic is under immense pressure as Fulham boss

They have picked up just five points from 11 matches and conceded 29 – the worst defensive record in the league.

Yet Jokanovic, who is odds-on favourite to become the first Prem boss to receive the axe, insists he is a “fantastic coach” and demanded his players stopped playing “like kids.”

Reported by the Telegraph, he said: “To be honest, after the Huddersfield game, I told them: ‘Listen, I am a fantastic coach,

“I did a fantastic job with my staff and the analysts because everything we expected, we found it during the game.

The Serb has criticised his players for playing ‘like kids’
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His side are rooted to the foot of the Premier League table
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“They need to change the body language. They are professional. I do not defend a corner. I do not press any players. I do not run into the space. I am working for them so they can do this.

“We did not make enough effort [against Huddersfield]. We need to be more motivated and be ready for a fight, be ready for battle.

“My people will be available for the fight and make our supporters proud. If we are confused, scared and play like kids, it is not easy for any team.”

Jokanovic faces a daunting run of fixtures that starts with a trip to Anfield tomorrow afternoon.

Fulham’s big name signings have yet to deliver
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Fulham face a daunting trip to Anfield on Sunday afternoon

They also face Chelsea and Manchester United in two of four matches after that.

And the Serb insists he is ready to shake up the dressing room if needed.

He added: “So many times I clean the dressing room and find the players who have the ambition to work, who have the ambition to compete,

“I give the people time for adaptation and for making step forward, now it is time for them to understand that we do not have time for waiting for some miracle.”


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