Managers have been fired for less, so it is no surprise that Fulham FC parted was with Slavisa Jokanovic.
Jokanovic has been replaced by Claudio Ranieri, who frankly, has inherited a hot mess.
The club had one only one match from 12 Premier League matches, which places them at the bottom of the table.
Fulham FC had just returned to the EPL after having been relegated to the Championship, so it would seem their promotion might be short lived.
Ranieri has previous success with Leicester, guiding that club to the title in the 2015 – 2016 season, so he knows how the setup works.
“It is an honour to accept Mr. Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history,” Ranieri said in his statement. “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.”
Fulham chairman Shahid Khan expressed regret over Jokanovic’s fate and he might be able to economise by saving his statement to that effect and merely need to plug Ranieri’s name in if Fulham’s fate is once again relegation.
Ranieri’s trial by fire will not be exceedingly hot. Southampton is in 17th, just three places north of Fulham, but has drawn three more times than Fulham and won just once, so while it may be lonely at the top, there are not many discouraging words being heard out of Manchester City and Liverpool.
The bottom offers plenty of company, with a crowd that along with Fulham, contains Huddersfield and Cardiff.