When it was announced this morning that Slavisa Jokanovic had been relieved of his duties at Fulham, not too many eyebrows will have been raised, such is the current climate of modern football.
Less than six months after taking Fulham to the Premier League via a play-off final victory over Aston Villa, Jokanovic has been let go after starting the season with just one win in 12 games, a return which leaves them sat 20th in the table. The 1-0 defeat away to Huddersfield appeared to put the penultimate nail in his coffin, before the defeat to Liverpool ended any last ditch attempt of rescuing his job.
What was surprising about the decision, however, is the fact that Fulham already had a replacement lined up in the shape of Claudio Ranieri. The Italian ironically replaces the man who was his first signing at Chelsea and makes his first return to the Premier League since his controversial sacking by Leicester City in 2017.
He will forever be associated with the Foxes, having guided them to the Premier League title in the 2015/16 campaign in what is considered by most to be the most remarkable achievement of the modern era in English football. Many would’ve called it a day then, but he now makes his return to the league with a club who are in a far different position to when he took over at the King Power Stadium.
Ranieri took over a Leicester team that were riding the crest of a wave, having won seven of their previous nine games the previous season to escape relegation, with their only defeat in that time coming to champions Chelsea. He didn't need to change much - a huge contrast from the job that needs doing at Fulham. This time around, he takes over a team that have lost seven in a row in all competitions and have conceded 20 goals during that spell.