Slavisa Jokanovic has taken the reins of the Sheffield
United, with the firm desire to return the British club to Premier
League after the decline last year. The technical Serbian had two seasons standing out in the league of Qatar and returns back to England in search of his’hat–trick‘ from promotions. On 2015. he did it as coach of the Watford and in 2018 repeated success in front of Fulham. He is the first and only foreign coach to have achieved two promotions from the Championship to the Premier with two different teams.
I am an ambitious man and I want to be successful with this club. It is a great challenge and I am prepared
A few days before leaving Qatar and embarking on the ambitious project of the Sheffield
United, Jokanovic He answered the call from Mundo Deportivo from Doha, to review his career at the helm of Al Gharafa, whom he has qualified for the Asian Champions, a performance that earned him to be nominated as one of the three best coaches in the championship.
“Coming to Qatar was a great opportunity, it was a growing championship, with high-level technicians and players, before the World Cup next year,” he says. Jokanovic, who has competed with coaches like Laurent
Hernandez or Rui
Jokanovic he is ambitious and after ending his contract with Al Gharafa “he wanted to return to Europe, to a more competitive league”. When the proposal of the Sheffield
United he did not hesitate for a moment. He has made Championship history in the past and wants to do it again. And again he will do so by betting on offensive and touch football. He admits that “Spanish football has had a lot of influence on my style and on the game that I try to implant in my teams.” A key person in the career of ‘Joka‘ It was Radomir
Antic, “With whom I had many football talks, he was a great friend”. He is committed to touch football, but he also makes it clear that “I try to play beautifully, but the first thing they ask of me wherever I go is to win games.”
The race of Jokanovic He is back in England, although he does not hide that one day he would like to be able to coach a League team. Only the Hercules he opted for him, although he remembers that “there were only four days left to try to save the team.” Now he admits that “if one day I get an opportunity to train in Spain, I’m sure I feel like it.” As a footballer he left a great memory in Oviedo, TO Coruña Y Tenerife. “Unfortunately the three teams in the League in which I played have some problems and are not in the category in which they deserve and should be,” he regrets and does not rule out returning to the bench of any of the three in the future.
In addition to training in Qatar and to direct to Watford Y Fulham, Jokanovic had the aforementioned step escape by Hercules and left his mark with his offensive style in the Partizan from Belgrade, the Levski of Sofia or the Maccabi from Tel Aviv, team for which he signed Jordi
Cruyff, following the recommendation of Robert
Martinez, the Belgian coach, a detail that endorses the style of the teams of Jokanovic. Sheffield United is the next step for an ambitious coach who aims very high.
In his introduction as Sheffield’s new coach, Jokanovic stated that “I don’t expect it to be easy, I know this league well but I hope that the experience I have in this competition will help me, make the fans happy and allow us to be successful. We have to go step by step. There is a lot of work ahead and we will see where we are at the end of April or May. I am an ambitious man and I want to be successful with this club. It is a great challenge and I am ready ”
This season Jokanovic has received praise from Xavi
Hernandez, with which he has competed in Qatar. The Serbian appreciates the Catalan’s words and explains that “he is a new coach, he is learning fast, doing his homework well and preparing for his future.”