Former Arsenal Boss Was Offered Chance To Succeed Jokanovic
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rejected the chance to return to football management with Premier League strugglers Fulham.
The Cottagers finally lost patience with Slavisa Jokanovic on Wednesday and replaced him with Claudio Ranieri who led Leicester City to an unlikely Premier League title in 2016.
Fulham are bottom of the Premier League table with just one win and five points from their opening 12 games.
But according to the Daily Mirror, Wenger was offered the chance to take over at Craven Cottage and he was promised a substantial transfer kitty for the January transfer window by the Fulham board. However, Wenger is believed to have made a personal promise to himself that he would never manage another Premier League club out of respect for Arsenal. He left the Emirates at the end of last season after almost 22 years in charge of the Gunners.
Ranieri will instead be given substantial funds in a bid to keep Fulham in the Premier League. The west London club were promoted at the end of last season after four years out of the top flight. They defeated Aston Villa in last season’s play-off final.
Fulham are already being linked with Liverpool defender Joel Matip. The side have the worst record in the Premier League after shipping 31 goals in 12 games. Matip has started just one league game so far this season.
Former Liverpool sporting director Damian Comolli is interested in signing the Cameroon international for his new club Fenerbahce. However, reports from Turkey claim Fulham will challenge the Super Lig side for his signature.