Ranieri returns as Fulham sack Jokanovic

Claudio Ranieri has returned to Premier League management on a multi-year contract with Fulham, replacing Slavisa Jokanovic, who was sacked in response to the Cottagers' dreadful start to the campaign.

Jokanovic steered Fulham to promotion from the Sky Bet Championship but has presided over just one victory in 12 top-flight games despite a summer transfer spend of more than £100million.

Ranieri was a title winner at Leicester in his last full season as a Premier League manager but his brief for the rest of this campaign is to steer Fulham to survival.

Fulham are two points adrift at the bottom and three points from safety. They are 4-6 to finish in the bottom three, 6-4 to stay up and 60-1 for a top-half finish.

Looking further forward, Ladbrokes make them 5,000-1 to win the Premier League in 2019-2020 – the same price Ranieri's Leicester were for their stunning success in 2015-16.

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