Slavisa Jokanovic has arrived in London to start work as Fulham’s new boss.

It took 49 days for the Championship club to settle on a successor to former defender Kit Symons, who was sacked after a dismal 5-2 home hammering by Birmingham City. Jokanovic, who left Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv to take over at Craven Cottage, inherits a team looking over their shoulders towards the relegation zone, with the Whites currently in eighteenth position and three points off the drop.

Fulham owner Shahid Khan is confident the club have made the right choice: “As I have noted, I’m now extremely proud to announce that Slavisa has accepted our offer to join Fulham and accept the challenge and opportunity that will come in leading our first team. Slavisa is in London Tuesday and will begin to fully acclimatise himself with the club in the days ahead, but be assured that he’s already very much attuned to our situation.

“To say that Slavisa came prepared during the interview process would be an understatement. His analysis of our club was impressive and his ideas were just what we wanted to hear. I’m confident that Slavisa will reverse our fortunes and bring to Fulham a winning mindset through the second half of the season and beyond.”