Slavisa Jokanovic isn’t fazed by suggestions that he’s under pressure at Fulham – but does admit his side are desperate to win against Cardiff City.
The start to the season hasn’t been one that everyone connected to the club dreamed of after securing promotion back to the Premier League – Fulham sit in 17th having just won once and have conceded the most amount of goals in the entire division with 21 hitting the back of their net.
It’s that concern about the defence that has raised the suggestions that Jokanovic is under pressure to go back to basics and sort out a leaky defence after Fulham spent £100million to get the side ready for the top flight.
However, the ice-cool Serbian shrugged off those suggestions ahead of his side’s crunch tie with Cardiff on Saturday, insisting that pressure is part of the business and that he hasn’t got time to go knocking on doors at Motspur Park asking if people still support him.
He said: “This is part of this profession. I started 12 years ago, to coach different teams, and at the end I’m focused on my work.
“I believe in myself and my staff and I believe in the players I’m working with. At the end the solution is in my head; I don’t have to time to think about these things or for crying about my situation.
“This is part of this business; I must manage these kind of situations, nothing more.
“There’s nothing tragic in my life – I am really satisfied in my life and with my job. This process can never stop, and I’m strong and brave enough to keep going and trust in myself and my players. Always in my 12 years.
“I’m focused on my business. You’ll have to ask in a different office if they support (me).
“I don’t have the time to go and knock and ask ‘Do you support me or not?’.
“I’m focused on those immediately around me; I need to organise how they’re going to work. I need to work with the team, fighting, and find the solution, and that’s it.”
Fulham will see the trip to Cardiff as the chance to kickstart their season against their fellow promoted side – last season the Whites came away from the Cardiff City Stadium with a 4-2 win and will be hopeful of getting a similar result.
That said, Jokanovic knows that Neil Warnock, a man that he described as “great” in the build up to the game, will see the game in the exact same way and that Cardiff will be looking to use it to get their first three points of the campaign.
He added: “We are desperate to win too. This is football.
“At the end we consider it as another great opportunity for us to fight for three points and I believe they will be thinking similar to us and will consider it a great chance for them too.
“In the end they know us, we know them, they know how we play and we know how they play too.