Sheff Utd name ex-Watford & Fulham boss Jokanovic as manager

Slavisa Jokanovic
Slavisa Jokanovic won promotion to the Premier League with Watford and Fulham

Sheffield United have appointed former Watford and Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic as their new manager on a three-year deal.

The 52-year-old will leave his position at Qatari side Al-Gharafa to take over at Bramall Lane for the new season.

The Blades will play in the Championship in 2021-22 after finishing bottom of the Premier League.

Jokanovic led both the Hornets and Fulham to promotion to the top flight in his previous jobs in England.

The Serbian replaces Chris Wilder, who had led the club from League One to the Premier League before being sacked in March, to become the south Yorkshire club’s first overseas manager.

United ended the season under the caretaker charge of Paul Heckingbottom and finished 16 points adrift of safety in a campaign in which they lost 29 of their 38 matches.

“I’m honoured to become the manager of this historic football club,” Jokanovic told the club website.external-link

“I’m excited to work in English football again and I’m looking forward to getting started with the players and staff, as well as meeting our passionate, loyal supporters as we prepare for the challenge in the Championship.

“I want to assure our amazing fans that we’re fully committed to helping the team achieve its goals and make you feel proud.”

Jokanovic took Watford up in 2015 but was sacked that summer.

He then led Fulham to the Premier League in May 2018 but was dismissed in November with the club bottom of the league.

His two-year deal with Al-Gharafa expires at the end of June.

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