Owner Shahid Khan reveals his feelings on Fulham’s dismal Premier League start
Slavisa Jokanovic admits Fulham owner Shahid Khan is not happy with the club’s start to the Premier League season.
Cottagers manager Jokanovic met Khan following the 3-0 home defeat by Bournemouth on Saturday which took his promoted side’s winless run to seven top-flight fixtures, including four successive defeats in which they have conceded three goals twice, four and five.
Jokanovic said: “He wasn’t satisfied, just like me and our supporters. But the situation is in our hands.
“We must accept the criticism because we need to be strong enough to understand that negative comments are part of football. We must be brave and push hard to find a solution.”
As we revealed earlier this month, there has been concern behind the scenes at Fulham that Jokanovic’s tactics mean they are too open to opposing attacks.
The Cottagers, who visit free-scoring champions and holders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Thursday, have managed just one top-flight win since coming up via the play-offs — against Burnley back on August 26.
They have conceded 28 goals in their 10 games, equalling a Premier League record and giving them the leakiest defence in Europe’s top five leagues.
In addition, Jokanovic has changed his defence in every one of Fulham’s 12 games this season — Sergio Rico, who played against Bournemouth, was the third keeper they have used already in the top flight.
Centre-half Tim Ream has caused a stir in the dressing room by claiming some of his Craven Cottage team-mates are not committed enough.
The USA international, Fulham’s player of the season in their promotion campaign, pulled no punches after the 4-2 defeat at fellow strugglers Cardiff 11 days ago as he addressed their nightmare run of form.
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“I don’t think it has anything to do with the manager,” he said. “We’re not playing for ourselves or for one another. There’s no togetherness, no fight. It’s not acceptable to just cave in and roll over. We’re not a team, we’re a group of individuals who don’t look like they want to stay in this league.”
His comments have put noses out of joint, with some players feeling they are being made scapegoats for Jokanovic’s tactics.
It is the latest setback in a troubled season for a club where so much was expected after a £100million summer spending spree.
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