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  • By Paul Lagan

Ranieri takes over at Craven Cottage

Craven Cottage Photo by Paul Lagan

Craven Cottage

Ex-Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri has replaced Slaviša Jokanović who was sacked by Fulham today.

The Whites are bottom of the Premier League with five points from 12 games.

Ranieri, led Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2016.

The Italian said: “It is an honour to accept Mr. Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history.

"The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed. This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table. I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage.”

Chairman Shahid Khan said: “I wasn’t anticipating having to make this announcement related to Slaviša and wish the circumstances were such that I didn’t have to, but our path this season has led me to make what I know is the correct decision, at the right time, for our players, the Club and our supporters,”

“Slaviša will always have my appreciation and respect for everything he did to return Fulham to top-flight football. I am hoping everyone in the Fulham Family shares my heartfelt sentiments for Slaviša and joins me in wishing him success and good fortune, wherever his next stop may be.”

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