Claudio Ranieri is appointed manager of Fulham

Fulham have sacked manager Slavisa Jokanovic and replaced him with former Chelsea and Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri.

Jokanovic leaves with the Cottagers bottom of the Premier League table with five points from 12 matches, having lost their last seven games in all competitions.

The Italian coach, 67, who memorably led Leicester City to the title in 2016, has been given a ‘multi-year’ contract by the London club.

Ranieri told Fulham‘s official website: ‘It is an honour to accept chairman Shahid Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history.

‘The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed.

‘This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table.

‘I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage.’