Slavisa Jokanovic has made sweeping changes to the way Fulham prepare for fixtures – and his new arrangements seem to be having the desired effect.
The Serbian head coach has insisted that his players travel together the night before a match and spend the evening at a hotel – something which also happens when Fulham are in action at Craven Cottage. The arrangements, which are commonplace on the continent where Jokanovic had managed extensively before arriving in London, might be one of the reasons why Fulham’s away record has improved so remarkably during this season.
Jokanovic has also instituted minor changes at Fulham’s Motspur Park training ground as well. Whereas previously first team squad members and academy players mixed freely and ate together in the club canteen, there are now defined seating areas for different teams. Fulham have also upgraded the training pitches and facilities at Motspur Park, with the new extension to the training ground unveiled by leading Premier League officials earlier this month.
The Fulham head coach is quoted by GetWestLondon as saying:
We made many changes starting with our training pitches, the medical department and we try to make us more serious, important and competitive. I am happy with the people around me.
We all need to push harder. It’s about the process of building the team. We’re in a situation where we can’t be satisfied. At the end, all of us know what is our final target.