Sheffield United: former Watford and Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic named as Blades manager

Slavisa Jokanovic has won promotion to the Premier League with Watford (during the 2014/15 campaign) and Fulham (during the 2017/2018 campaign)

Sheffield United have named 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 Qatar Stars League side Al-Gharafa to take over at Bramall Lane ahead of the 2021/2022 season.

The Blades will play in the Championship next term, after finishing rock bottom of the Premier League.

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

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

The Blades concluded 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 Premier League games.

“I’m honoured to become the manager of this historic football club,” Jokanovic said on the clubs website.

“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 in June.

He then took Fulham to the Premier League in May 2018 but was dismissed in November with the club rooted to the bottom of the league and was replaced by Claudio Ranieri.

His two-year deal with Al-Gharafa runs out at the end of next month.

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