Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic emerges as surprise contender to replace Antonio Conte


FULHAM boss Slavisa Jokanovic has reportedly emerged as a shock contender to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

Terry left the club in the summer to join Aston Villa on a free transfer, and has played a key part as they look to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

According to The Sun, the Chelsea hierarchy will consider keeping Antonio Conte under their wing, even if he doesn't qualify for the Champions League next season.

'It's always a pleasure to see him and have a chat.

The Serbian, who had a two-year spell at Chelsea as a player, making 39 league appearances for the Blues between 2000 and 2002, "is seen as someone commanding in the changing room and a coach who prioritises playing attacking football", the Mail declares.

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'Also to use the right work in the right moment.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is said to be the favourite to take charge after Conte departs, and there are likely other names being considered who have more in their trophy cabinets, but Jokanovic may not be a bad choice either.

Blues should not worry too much as RMC are quick to point out that Guardiola is very much the "dream option", and with him being happy in Manchester and poised to renew his contract, it would be a big surprise if he was to move to the Parc des Princes next season. He wanted to play and I understood this. I wish to him the best for him and his family'.

With the London club travelling to Spain next week for the second leg of their Champions League tie against Barcelona, Chelsea's situation is of interest to the Spanish media.

Lampard and John Terry were at Chelseas training ground this week.