By 90Min
October 06, 2018

Fulham manager Slaviša Jokanović has revealed that his mother used to encourage him to look for a job as a hotel receptionist if a career in football failed to get off the ground.

Life in the Premier League has been tough for Jokanović as a manager. The former Chelsea midfielder has seen his side claim just five points so far this season and the Cottagers currently sit just outside of the relegation zone.

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Speaking ahead of Arsenal's trip to Craven Cottage on Saturday, Fulham boss Jokanović joked how his mother used to motivate him to pursue a job as a multi-lingual receptionist when results weren't going his way during his career as a player.

"My mother was always so worried about my job," Jokanović said, quoted by the Mirror. "OK, if it all ends, she said, ‘don’t be worried.’ Many years ago when I played, and we couldn’t win the game, she said: ‘don’t be worried, you speak many languages you can work in reception at some hotel.’

"I mean, it is part of the job if you are a manager, some big managers say there exists two kinds of manager, the sacked, and the ones who are about to be sacked. I don’t interpret anything that happens around me as a tragic situation.

"She still watches all the games. The Premier League is around the world, and she says: ‘OK, it is complicated.’ But I say: ‘I will find a solution. Don’t be so worried.’"

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Fulham spent close to £100m during the summer transfer window following their play-off final victory over Aston Villa. The Cottagers, just like fellow promoted club Wolves, paid over the odds in the hopes of securing their Premier League status for another season.

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