Slavisa Jokanovic

Premier League newcomers Fulham have sacked manager Slavisa Jokanovic and have appointed former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri as its new manager.

The Cottagers find themselves bottom of the table with just five points from 12 games and a negative goal difference of 20.

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The abysmal form after gaining promotion has now led to the exit of Jokanovic.

Italian Ranieri has been given a “multi-year” contract by the Londoners.

While reacting, Fulham chairman Shahid Khan: “Making a change without having the right answer or succession plan was not an option.

“So having someone of Claudio’s calibre ready to accept our challenge was comforting but, most of all, essential.

“Claudio is risk-free and ready-made for the Premier League, and particularly so for what we need at this moment at Fulham.

“His recent body of work with Leicester City is literally legendary, and then you look at Claudio’s experience with Chelsea and big clubs throughout Europe, and it’s pretty evident we are welcoming an extraordinary football man to Fulham Football Club.”

Khan said he and his son Tony Khan, the club’s vice chairman and director of football operations, spoke with a number of potential candidates over the past week.

Ranieri, who spent last season in charge of French club Nantes, 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.”

Ranieri’s first game in charge will see Fulham host Southampton at Craven Cottage on Saturday, 24 November.