Tim Ream was right to criticise team, says Slavisa Jokanovic after Fulham’s disappointing start to the season
- Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic says he is happy for players to criticise each other
- Defender Tim Ream questioned the desire of team-mates after defeat to Cardiff
- The Cottagers disappointing start to the season sees them sat third from bottom
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is happy for his players to criticise each other after defender Tim Ream publicly accused his team-mates of showing a lack of desire.
Straight-talking Ream said: ‘There are not enough guys who want it, who want to fight for each other, for themselves, for the club.’
Jokanovic, whose side lost 4-2 to Cardiff City in their last outing which followed a crushing 5-1 demolition by Arsenal at Craven Cottage, did not mind Ream’s comments with the club sitting third from bottom in the Premier League.
Fulham defender Tim Ream questioned the desire of team-mates after defeat to Cardiff City
But boss Slavisa Jokanovic insists he is more than happy for his players to criticise each other
Fulham spent more than £100million on 12 new faces in the summer and meet Bournemouth at Craven Cottage today looking for their first win since August.
‘I interpreted it and understand because I am talking with Tim Ream,’ said Jokanovic of his player’s forthright comments.
‘He made some honest analysis about our situation. He’s a great example of a professional player. He’s always professional, always working well, honest, and my interpretation is that he’s not happy with himself and not happy with everything that’s happening around him.
Fulham’s return to the Premier League has not gone as planned with six defeats from nine
‘The message he wanted to send was “Come on, lads, we must do better, we must push harder, on the players’ side, on the staff’s side, for all the sides, for finding improvement”. I’m not interpreting his words as negative. I understand.
‘I don’t have any problem because, as I explained, I interpreted it and understood his words as a positive message.’
Fulham have lost six of their nine league games and have the worst defensive record in Europe’s top five divisions — conceding 25 goals so far this season.
Despite such dire form, owner Shahid Khan issued a vote of confidence for Jokanovic on Thursday, insisting he thinks the Serbian is still the man for the job.
Jokanovic added: ‘We’re going to fight to offer something different, like what we offered last season many times — this is our target and this is our desire, and we are working in this direction.’
The Cottagers also currently possess the worst defensive record in Europe’s top five leagues
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